Adani, BMA to hire local Queenslanders

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Adani Mining and the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) are recruiting their future workers in Queensland. Applications for each company's apprenticeship and graduate programs are now open. 

Adani is set to team up with CQUniversity to launch a new graduate program for six students, while BMA will recruit Bowen Basin locals into their 2021 apprenticeship program.

Both organisations have placed an emphasis on local employment, with BMA welcoming 56 local apprentices in its cohort last year. 

BMA asset president James Palmer said the company’s top priority is building a workforce with a solid foundation of local people, especially in current times as coronavirus sweeps the nation.

“While the challenges of COVID-19 continue to evolve, it’s important we continue to support the local communities where we operate,” Palmer said.

“This includes seeking another strong apprentice cohort for 2021 to ensure our workforce is built upon solid foundations of local qualified tradespeople.

“We are looking for applicants from a diverse group, spanning school leavers through to mature age people, reflecting the Bowen Basin communities in which we operate.”

BMA has sent offers across the regions where its mines operate, recruiting people from Moranbah, Blackwater, Dysart, the Greater Mackay area and Central and North Queensland.

Some of the roles available include mechanical, diesel fitting, electrical, auto-electrical, refrigeration mechanical and boiler making positions.

Adani have indicated they are giving preference to applicants from Central and North Queensland residents in an effort to boost jobs in the area. 

The Adani graduate engineer program will see participants placed in the company’s senior engineering team at the Carmichael mine and rail project over a period of 18 months.

Adani Mining chief executive Lucas Dow, who started his career as a mining engineer, acknowledged the benefits of the opportunities awarded by the mining industry firsthand.

“I would strongly encourage anyone looking for an exciting and rewarding career in the resources industry to apply,” Dow said.

“Our first graduate engineer intake is unique, in that successful applicants will be given the opportunity to work across both the construction and operational phases of our (Carmichael) project, which is rare in the current resources environment.”

The BMA and Adani programs are open for application until June 17 and June 19, respectively.

The opportunity is open to graduates from mining, civil, mechanical and electrical engineers for up to two years of post-graduate study.

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