BHP said that sixty new train drivers are poised to graduate from its Pilbara Rail Academy Traineeship Program, created last year to meet the growing skills shortage in Western Australia.
“We are excited to see the first round of recruits coming through BHP’s Pilbara Rail Academy and joining our high calibre rail team in Western Australia,” said BHP WA Iron Ore Asset President Brandon Craig.“Through our $20 million investment in the academy, we hope to ease the squeeze of rail driver availability in WA and create new pathways for people to join our team and pursue a rewarding career in mining.”
After undergoing a 10-month intensive program at BHP’s Port Hedland and Newman operations, the graduates will receive nationally recognised qualifications in Certificate IV Train Driving. They will then join the miner’s team of drivers responsible for operating a train fleet of more than 180 locomotives, which deliver ore across 1,000-plus kilometres of track from BHP’s Pilbara mines to Port Hedland for export.
BHP said that it aims to employ and train 200 new train drivers over three years.