Forty-one new apprentices making up the class of 2023 have begun work with BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) at its Bowen Basin operations.
The program this year included 64% female students and 29% Indigenous students. The class will specialise in as electricians, mechanics, diesel fitters, auto electricians and boilermakers and will complete their apprenticeships across various BMA sites.
Prior to starting their practical work experience at site, the apprentices completed a Work Readiness Program at Emerald TAFE to help prepare for the site and understand the importance of safety.
“It’s super inspiring to be a first-year female apprentice, because I feel like younger generations of females can look up to it and see the opportunity that they can have in the industry,” new Peak Downs electrical apprentice Venna Baggow said.
“I’m glad to be a part of the industry as it goes through this change, and I’m looking forward to gaining knowledge, making new friends, and learning life skills on site in the years ahead,” said Baggow.
BMA has a long history of investing in skills and training, and is committed to creating pathways and employment opportunities for the next generation of miners.