Rio Tinto to Hire Hundreds of Workers in Western Australia

Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto has created upwards of 300 jobs to support their iron ore business in Western Australia, giving a boost to the states mining industry. 

The roles the company are offering include skilled maintenance and operational roles, apprenticeships, graduate positions and Aboriginal trainees.

These are a mix of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) roles from Perth and Rio Tinto’s regional hubs in Western Australia and residential positions in Perth and the Pilbara. 

The open skilled roles up for grabs range from experienced operators of haul trucks, excavators and graders, as well as front line supervisors and heavy diesel fitters.

Currently, Rio Tinto operate roughley 16 iron ore mines in the Pilbara region, including the Brockman, Tom Price, West Angelas, Yandicoogina and Robe Valley operations. 

The organisation employs over 12,000 workers in the region, 30 per cent of which are FIFO. 

“Throughout this challenging period we are committed to keeping our people and our communities safe and supporting Western Australians with employment opportunities to help deliver on our plan to invest $10 billion in the Pilbara over the next three years,” Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said.

“This will help ensure we can continue to operate while making a strong contribution to the state and national economies.”

Rio Tinto have indicated they will hire an additional 160 apprentices, Aboriginal trainees and graduates from the Pilbara, Perth and other regional centres.

The intake of apprentices and graduates this year is a 25 per cent increase from 2019.

The company will also set out to upskill out-of-work apprentices throughout a range of industries by covering their fees for a course in automation. 

As many as 200 apprentices who have had their apprenticeships suspended or cancelled due to the pandemic qualify for enrolment into the program. 

“Working alongside Rio Tinto on this important initiative, SM (South Metropolitan) TAFE will be delivering future-focussed skills to Western Australian apprentices during a critical time in our economic recovery,” SM TAFE managing director Terry Durrant said.

In partnership with Rio Tinto, SM TAFE and the Western Australian Government plans to double students’ intake through an expansion to regional TAFEs.

The state Government welcomed Rio Tinto’s dedication to upskilling the displaced apprentices during COVID-19.

“WA is a global leader in automation and this course will allow Western Australians to take full advantage of the many opportunities automation is expected to deliver to industry and the WA economy,” the Western Australian premier Mark McGowan said.

“I encourage Western Australians, particularly those whose employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, look into the employment opportunities currently on offer at Rio Tinto.”

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