SDS TRAINING: Gary Smith and CEO Sharon Gough with a Caterpillar D3 dozer and a prime mover that are used for training.
SDS TRAINING: Gary Smith and CEO Sharon Gough with a Caterpillar D3 dozer and a prime mover that are used for training. Alistair Brightman

How you can get a job at the mines

THE executive of a Fraser Coast training organisation has urged people wanting to enter the mining industry not to be disheartened by the resources downturn.

Despite the slow resources sector, mines such as Adani's Carmichael mine, China Stone and the Colton coal- mine are in government approvals.

In its Economic Impact Statement, China Stone committed to sourcing 25% of the workforce (775 jobs) from the Wide Bay.

Tinana-based Strategic Deployment Services is a training service for the mining and construction industry.

SDS chief executive Sharon Gough said people wanting to get into the mining industry should look at returning to the classroom.

Glencore Xstrata Plc and Sumitomo Corporation have signed an agreement to acquire Rio Tinto’s 50.1% interest in the Clermont thermal coal mine.
Would you like to work at the mines? Peter Holt

"The best advice for people is probably to up-skill," she said.

"Those people who do have a skill-set who also demonstrate initiative would on average be better placed to join the mining industry."

At SDS training the classroom usually involves digging or driving heavy machinery.

Ms Gough said getting a job in the mines was just like applying for any other job.

"Look at what opportunities are out there," she said.

"Those with construction experience or some skill set would be almost immediately employable."

Ms Gough said tradesmen or anyone in the construction industry could take advantage of the initial development of a new mine.

"You've also got rail infrastructure and all of the initial mine construction which is part of the deal," she said.

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay executive Scott Rowe said people with a skill set should log on to the RDA jobs portal.

He said the database matched the skilled workers with prospective employers. Mr Rowe is hoping mining companies will use the RDA jobs portal to hire employees from the Wide Bay.

In several weeks the council will open the Hervey Bay Airport's new $525,000 Fly-In, Fly-Out terminal.

EMPLOYMENT TIPS

 Look out for opportunities in the mining industry

 Up-skill to suit the jobs on offer