Electrical apprentice Victoria Putter has become a treasured member of the electrical team at Gold Fields' St Ives Gold Mine and is close to finishing her TAFE studies in Kalgoorlie.
In her second year as an Electrical Apprentice, Victoria is achieving excellent results in her TAFE studies, with her positive attitude an asset in the workplace.
“I really enjoyed the fault finding and circuiting modules that I recently completed at TAFE, and am looking forward to applying these skills back in the workplace,” said Victoria.
"I enjoy working at Gold Fields as it is a family friendly work environment; it is a workplace where I feel comfortable and safe. The people I work around are amazing role models and fantastic teachers. They have taught me a large amount around the safety procedures in the electrical industry and the skills I need to become an electrician," Victoria said.
When asked what advice she would give to others thinking about doing an apprenticeship in mining, Victoria said, “Don’t be afraid, even if the mining industry might seem to be an intimidating environment."
The next step for Victoria is to complete the remaining requirements of her apprenticeship, before doing the final Capstone Assessment to gain her Western Australian “A” Class Electrical License.
"I would like to finish my apprenticeship a little bit earlier if possible,” Victoria said.
Gold Fields' St Ives Gold Mine have just completed an intake for their 2018 Apprenticeship Program, however their Agnew Gold Mine has just commenced recruitment for its Apprenticeship Program. Gold Fields are looking to expand their diverse team, with female, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander's who are keen to commence a rewarding and exciting career in mining encouraged to apply.
Agnew Gold Mine is located 23km outside of Leinster and comprises two underground mines - Waroonga and New Holland, employing just over 300 people (excluding contractors). There is a swimming pool, a gym, supermarket and a tavern all located around the camp and closed town of Leinster. Agnew offers a Fly in Fly out from Perth commute, as well as the option to reside locally in Leinster. In addition to the the Apprenticeship program, there are a number of opportunities available for Technical Professionals in the Underground Mining team.
Within the Gold Fields Australia portfolio, St Ives Gold Mine is the largest site located 20km south of Kambalda and 80km outside of Kalgoorlie comprising Open Pit and Underground mines. Gold Fields have an extensive diamond drilling program in 2018 of the Greater Invincible area to improve the longevity of the mine and are currently recruiting for a wide range of roles across Open Pits and Maintenance. As a commitment to supporting the local Kalgoorlie-Boulder community, Gold Fields Australia employs candidates based in Kambalda or Kalgoorlie or can relocate successful candidates to the region.
Gold Fields' Granny Smith Gold Mine offers exclusively Fly in Fly out from Perth to their 500 strong workforce, with the mine located in Laverton. Its flagship operation, the Wallaby Underground, boasts a nine year mine life as well as a very encouraging and successful resource definition and extensional drilling campaign. The camp facilities include a swimming pool, sports (tennis, basketball, indoor soccer/cricket) and squash court facilities and a fully equipped gym. Gold Fields are currently recruiting for a range of roles from Entry Level Operator to Senior Technical Professional in the Underground Mining Team.
The Gruyere JV with Gold Road Resources is an exciting new venture which will come in to production early 2019. Gold Fields has a 50% interest and will be commencing the recruitment for the operations in late 2018.