Ready set launch - 51 new apprentices start their careers with BMA

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has welcomed 51 new apprentices at its operations in the Bowen Basin.

The apprentice intake includes locals from Moranbah, Dysart, Greater Mackay, Blackwater, Emerald, and Central and Northern Queensland.

The group completed their Work Readiness Program at CQUniversity Emerald campus, before heading off to their respective sites to get hands on experience in their chosen fields.

Blackwater Mine Maintenance Manager Justin Sloper said welcoming the new apprentices to the business is a milestone worth celebrating.

“It is always such an exciting time to welcome the next cohort of apprentices across our operations. These 51 individuals will have the opportunity to learn incredibly versatile skills and build a career in the resource industry,” Justin said.

Toni Gadd, has started at Saraji Mine as a first year diesel fitter apprentice.

“I’ve wanted to become a diesel apprentice since I was seven when I first sat in a truck,” she said.

“BHP used to have tours that I’d go on. This has just always been an interest of mine.

“It feels great to be accepted and embark in this new journey in the mining industry.”

The apprentices have completed a three-week work readiness program at Emerald TAFE to equip them with the skills required to work at mine sites, with a heavy emphasis on safety.

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance has a long history of investing in skills and training, as well as creating pathways and employment opportunities for the next generation of miners.