The Australian mining industry could be heading towards a healthy stage of growth, however there remains the need for skilled workers.
The industry’s future will rely on an efficient, skilled and suitably sized workforce - and focus is shifting to the next generation of workers to rise to that challenge.
Hundreds of job seekers flocked to Perth city last month for the KBCCI Kal Jobs Expo to speak with prospective employers about job opportunities in WA’s Goldfields region.
Companies included Saracen Mineral Holdings, BGC Contracting, KCGM, Evolution Mining, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Gold Fields, Northern Star Resources, Macmahon Holdings, and the WA School of Mines.
Macmahon Holdings, AngloGold Ashanti Australia, Independance Group NL and Carey Mining celebrated the milestone of eight young Aboriginal trainees at the Tropicana Gold Mine in November.
In a formal ceremony at the Tropicana site, the trainees were each presented with certificates and traineeship offers after successfully completing the eight week Get Into Mining training programme.
Jonah Bennett has shown Newcrest colleagues he’s ready to accept his latest challenge, as Telfer’s first Martu apprentice. Jonah is from the Bidyadanga community, located on the Kimberley coast, and first began working for Newcrest at the Telfer site in late 2015.
For a lot of regional towns in Australia, the gold mining industry is the economic backbone contributing through jobs, livelihoods and security. But they are also an important part of the community.
For Liz Jones, her employment in the gold mining industry as a mining manager at Ramelius Resources’ Mt Magnet operation in Western Australia also comes with a focus on helping the local community.
The Gold Industry Group is supporting the Kalgoorlie Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (KBCCI) inaugural Kal Jobs Expo that will be held in Perth at CCIWA on Wednesday, 28 March.
With more than 1000 jobs vacant in the Goldfields, the one day event will connect job seekers directly with Goldfields employers who have a range of career opportunities available including Gold Fields Australia, Evolution Mining, Silver Lake Resources, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, KCGM and Newmont Australia.
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, Ms Putter is achieving excellent results in her TAFE studies, with her positive attitude an asset in the workplace.