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Mining Jobs for Indigenous Australians

Are you an Indigenous Australian looking for a mining job? Even if you’re starting with no experience, mining companies encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to join a growth industry. Indigenous people, especially those living in communities close to mine sites, are an excellent source of new talent to the resources sector. Leading companies want to employ this talent and have created pre-employment training and apprenticeships targeting Indigenous Australians.

Training Opportunities

A variety of training programs are available. The programs are designed to help Indigenous people gain a qualification and work experience that results in employment. This is fantastic opportunity for you to develop a career and earn an excellent salary.
  • Pre-Employment Programs and Vocational Courses. Some mining companies offer vocational courses to help you get a job in the mines. The courses develop basics skills necessary for employment, including reading, writing and mathematics skills. You may also learn about self-esteem, time management and health and safety in the workplace.
  • Mine-specific Training programs. Although it varies from site to site, some companies offer on-site training allowing you to gain essential skills in a short time. This training is usually offered for roles where skills are easily and quickly learned. Such roles may include truck drivers, process technicians, drillers and blasters.
  • Apprenticeships & Traineeships. Most mining companies offer a certain number of Apprenticeships and Traineeships to Indigenous people each year. Both options involve on-site training as well as at-home study and can take anywhere from twelve months to four years to complete. If you’re keen to earn nationally recognized qualifications, such as a Certificate IV in Mining or Civil Construction, choose an Apprenticeship or Traineeship as a surefire way to begin a successful mining career.

Well Known Indigenous Employment Programs

Leading companies want more people to know about their Indigenous employment programs. Some well advertised programs include:

Look Local

A key purpose of these programs is to partner with local Indigenous people. Mining companies want to honour their obligation to 'give back' to the community. By offering jobs to locals, mining companies hope to develop healthy relationships with native land title holders. If you’re an Indigenous Australian keen to get a job on the mines, start by contacting mining companies who are actively mining in your area.

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