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Are Mining Apprenticeships The Right Career Move

By on March 9, 2020 in Employment, Mining with 0 Comments

There is no doubt that the mining industry in Australia has slowed considerably, in the last five years.  This industry slowdown doesn’t mean it’s the end of work opportunities it just means that you need to be looking harder.  You need to be prepared for when those opportunities come up to grab them with both hands. This is certainly the case when you are looking for mining apprenticeships.

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Where to start finding mining apprenticeships

Getting into the mining industry is no different to any other vocation.  It’s all about having the right skills for the right job.  Although its not impossible,it is extremely hard to find entry into the mining industry.  Generally you will need to have either formal training and qualifications or experience in some aspect of the industry.

With figures showing that over 63 per cent of miners have a Certificate III or higher.

A great career pathway is through vocational education and training.  If you have an interest or skill in a particular subject, you can be part of an mining apprenticeship or traineeship.

Here are some little known facts :

  • The mining industry spends 5.5% of total payroll on training expenditure, five times relevant government training benchmarks for the employment of 457 visa holders and the defunct one per cent national Training Guarantee Levy.
  • Apprentices and trainees make up around 5% of the workforce of total mining.
  • 20% of all apprentices and trainees are reported as being mature-aged (greater than 21 years old).
  • Female apprentices and trainees comprise around 15 per cent of all apprentices and trainees.  With the iron ore sector employing around 20 per cent female apprentices and trainees.
  • About 13 per cent of apprentices and trainees are indigenous Australians.
  • Apprentices and trainees are paid an average of $39,395 per annum.
  • About 75 per cent of mining operators offer at least one form of national recognized training to their employees.
  • Nationally, about 80 per cent of total mining employees participated in structured training.

The truth is mining apprenticeships aren’t just for young workers anymore.  There is a growing number of adults looking for a career change and are moving into adult mining apprenticeships

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About the Author

About the Author: Penny Smith, has along career working in employment services in Australia. Penny is a regular contributor to Industry Work Australia. .

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