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BHP FutureFit Academy

Turn your passion for DIY or fixing things into a career in maintenance. You’ll have a permanent job from day one and get paid to learn a nationally accredited traineeship or trade apprenticeship. Recognised skills that could take you across Australia with BHP. The BHP FutureFit Academy is a new approach to training with a pathway to a career in maintenance with “fit for purpose” training programs in dedicated learning centres in Perth, WA or Mackay, QLD.

Want to start something big?

Take a look behind the scenes at BHP's new FutureFit Academies in Welshpool WA and Mackay QLD. Be one of the 2,500 apprentices and trainees who will achieve a trade qualification at FutureFit. Once trained and qualified, you will go on to a permanent job with the Operations Services Maintenance team at one of BHP’s Australia-based operations.

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You’ll be based in either Perth, WA or Mackay, QLD in order to commute to and from the learning centre daily. As you learn, you’ll receive an attractive annual salary while you study.

The purpose built learning centres feature the latest immersive virtual reality technology combined with workshop learning to develop your skills and knowledge. You’ll be competent, safe and ready to work once you are deployed to a mine site.

Everyone learning at the BHP FutureFit Academy will be commencing on a roster broken down into 4 day shifts (6.00am to 2.30 pm), followed by 4 afternoon shifts (2:30pm – 11:00pm) and then 4 days off. There will be scheduled mid and end of year annual leave breaks. 

Once you successfully complete the training program, you’ll be deployed with Operations Services to one of BHP's sites. 

Certified training

The training program delivered through the BHP FutureFit Academy provides the choice of two training options that will earn you nationally recognised certifications.

Maintenance Traineeship – Over 12 months you’ll complete specific modules to a Certificate II level to equip you to be trained, competent and authorised to perform a range of preventative maintenance tasks as a Maintenance Associate.

Trade Apprenticeship - Earn a full trade qualification and the skills to perform preventative maintenance, diagnostics and repairs. Initially we are seeking trades in Heavy Diesel Fitting or Mechanical Fitting.

The training program, delivered through the new BHP FutureFit Academy, is being developed in conjunction with respected Registered Training Organisations, CQUniversity Australia and North Metropolitan TAFE (Perth).


What is Operations Services?

Operations Services (OS) is a division of BHP that provides Production and Maintenance services. We offer permanent roles within BHP, but with a focus on our people, how we connect and achieve high performance. These permanent BHP roles include flexible working arrangements and full leave entitlements, incorporating:

  • Annual Leave
  • Personal Leave, and
  • Parental Leave.
What is the BHP FutureFit Academy?

The BHP FutureFit Academy (BHP FFA) is an exciting initiative providing training opportunities to join Operations Services. You will be trained as a skilled member of our maintenance team. 

What career opportunities are there at BHP Operations Services?

Operations Services already employs more than 2000 employees on a permanent basis and there are plans for more growth. The skills and experience learned from the BHP FutureFit Academy will allow you to work on BHP sites throughout Australia.

What roles are on offer?

The BHP FutureFit Academy will be offering two different maintenance pathways; a Maintenance Traineeship and a Maintenance Apprenticeship.

What is the difference between these two pathways?

Maintenance Traineeship - Over 12 months you’ll complete specific modules to a Certificate II level to equip you to be trained, competent and authorised to perform a range of preventative maintenance tasks as a Maintenance Associate.

Trade Apprenticeship - Earn a full trade qualification and the skills to perform preventative maintenance, diagnostics and repairs.

Do I have the choice between a Maintenance Traineeship or Maintenance Apprenticeship? When do I make that decision?

The decision and allocation to either Maintenance Traineeship or Maintenance Apprenticeship will be made at the time of offer and where possible consideration will be given to your preference. During the application process you will be asked for your preference on what you would like to learn. 

What apprenticeships are being offered?

Operations Services is currently offering trades in Heavy Diesel Fitting and Mechanical Fitting. 

Where are these opportunities based?

The Traineeship and Apprenticeship positions will be based in a training facility located in either Mackay or Perth. After successful completion of the program you will be deployed to our operations which are primarily located in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, or Western Australia’s Pilbara. 

What is the roster?

All employees who will be commencing as part of the BHP FutureFit Academy will be commencing on a roster broken down into 4 day shifts (6.00am to 2.30 pm), followed by 4 afternoon shifts (2:30pm – 11:00pm) and then 4 days off. 

Once you successfully complete the training program, you will be deployed to one of the Operations Services sites.  

Are the positions permanent?

Yes. Successful candidates are offered permanent employment from day 1 and will be paid whilst training is undertaken. 

Is relocation offered as part of the package?

Unfortunately no. As you will be required to travel to and from training daily, if you are living in a region outside of Mackay or Perth you will need to either relocate to one of these locations or find your way to the site ready to commence on the notified start date. Transport to the training location daily is not provided. 

Will BHP cover training costs?

Yes all training costs required for candidates to be site ready will be covered. 

What is the salary for these positions?

From day 1, as a Trainee you will receive a competitive annual salary as you learn throughout the first 12 months of study. As an Apprentice you will receive the same competitive salary as a trainee for the first 12 months of study. Apprentices will receive a salary increase in their second year. 
Once you are offered a position onsite, you will have the capacity to earn above $100,000 per annum, plus you will also be entitled to earn a Short Term Incentive (STI). 

Do you offer any other additional features & benefits that aren’t related to cash rewards?

As a permanent employee with BHP, you are also entitled to a wide range of benefits, such as;
• Novated lease plans
• Discounted Leisure & Entertainment Memberships
• Flexible working arrangements / opportunities
• Career development / training opportunities i.e. Mastery Program
• Community and wellness programs
• SharePlus Program

Is my salary negotiable?

The salary is not negotiable.  There is no salary review whilst you are on the training program but when you complete the training and are deployed to an operational site you will be eligible for an annual salary review.

Is accommodation provided?

Accommodation is not provided whilst you are training in our facilities in Mackay or Perth. Upon successful completion of the program, when you are deployed to site, camp accommodation will be provided during your swing. Fatigue rooms are provided in some cases before and after your swing.

Do I need to provide my own equipment?

PPE will be provided to students. All tools required for you work within the training centre will be provided during your training at the centres.

When are the start dates?

Students have already commenced and will continue through to end of July for the first intake.  Other intakes will occur in following months. Where possible, Operations Services will take into account of your preferences for start date. 

When would I find out if I had been offered a position in a program?

The waiting period for each applicant will differ depending on preferred program and location, as well as current operational requirements within Operations Services. The waiting period can differ from a number of weeks, to a number of months. BHP will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible if you are successful.

What are the leave entitlements?

Students are entitled to 6 weeks annual leave per annum, calculated based on the number of ordinary hours averaged across the roster cycle. This may be scheduled though the program including a mid-year and end of year break.

Two blocks of that leave (or 16 shifts) will be allocated the same way other learning institutions have fixed periods of leave. One of those blocks of leave will align with the June/July school holidays, and one block will align to the Christmas/New Year period. Leave requests beyond the allocated 16 shifts will need to be approved by your supervisor. Together, you will agree on a plan to catch up any missed curriculum.

What can I expect from the Training Centres?

The Training Centres are in line with BHP standards, therefore there will be classrooms, active working areas, amenities such as bathrooms, prayer room, parenting room and crib facilities (microwave, fridge and dining tables). The facilities will have car parking and bike storage as well. You will need to make your own way to and from the facility. Please note BHP sites are non-smoking venues.

I’ve applied, what can I expect from the application process?

Due to the significant volume of applications expected, it may take some time to get back to you. Below is an insight into selection process:

  1. Applications are reviewed and screened to ensure minimum requirements are met. This includes, but is not limited to: Australian working rights and work history.
  2. Candidates that meet this criteria, are progressed to the next stage of online skills based assessments which should be completed within 5 days. 
  3. Following the online assessments, candidates may be invited to complete a phone screen with a BHP Talent Acquisition team member.
  4. Following a successful phone screen, candidates will be invited to attend a virtual Engagement Centre where candidates will participate in a group presentation, Q & A session and individual behavioural based interviews with a BHP representative.
  5. After an Engagement Centre, candidates may be requested to complete Pre-Employment Checks
  6. Candidates that successfully complete the pre-employment checks will then be considered for employment with Operations Services. 
Any insights on what to expect in the application process and how to prepare?
  1. Check that you have current documentation to show you have Australian working rights ready to go. 
  2.  If successful in progressing you’ll be required to complete some online assessments:
    • An assessment of inductive reasoning: Inductive tests are designed to assess your ability to identify underlying patterns in information and predict outcomes using that information.
    • An assessment of situational judgement which assesses your ability to make judgements about the appropriate responses to workplace situations. This tool will also provide you with valuable insight into the types of situations you are likely to encounter on the job.
    • An assessment of mechanical comprehension:  Mechanical comprehension tests are designed to assess your understanding of using, troubleshooting, and performing maintenance on machinery.
  3. The process will also include behavioural based interviews. It’s suggested you follow the STAR model to provide a structured manner of responding to behavioural –based interview questions by discussing the specific situation, task, action and result of the situation you are describing.
  • Situation or Task – Describe the situation you were in or the task that needed accomplishing
  • Action – Describe the action you took to address the situation 
  • Result – Describe the outcome of your actions 

    Example question: 
    Tell me about a time when you performed well under pressure. What was the situation, what actions did you take and what was the result?
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