BHP trains apprentices with safety focus

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance apprentice welcome ceremony. Image: BHP

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has recorded the largest intake of apprentices in a number of years in Moranbah, Queensland.

The 56 apprentices have started at mines across the Bowen Basin in roles including electricians, diesel fitters, auto-electricians, mechanical fitters and boilermakers.

They completed a six-week work readiness program that was heavily focussed on safety at the Coalfield Training Excellence Centre prior to commencing the work.

“For BMA to continue being a valued part of Central Queensland we need to ensure it has successful, sustainable and vibrant communities, and our apprenticeship program is one of the key ways that we are investing in this region’s future,” he said.

The apprentices are locals from Moranbah, greater Mackay, Rockhampton, Blackwater, Dysart and Central and North Queensland.

This includes school leavers through to experienced workers, Indigenous people and a mixture of men and women, according to BMA asset president James Palmer.

Will Burgess from Moranbah has commenced an electrical apprenticeship at BMA’s Peak Downs mine.

“My apprenticeship is the first step on the career path that I’ve always dreamed of,” Burgess said.

“It is a privilege to be working at BMA, where I can access the best support and mentors on the road to becoming an electrician.”

BMA is partnering with Queensland’s Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, CQ University and the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network in the delivery of the apprenticeship program.