BHP start new training academy

BHP has welcomed 250 apprentices and trainees into its ranks as part of a new national training program that will help to bolster Australia’s skills base and create new career pathways into the mining sector. The training program, delivered through the new BHP FutureFit Academy, is being developed in conjunction with CQ University and North Metropolitan TAFE (Perth).

The first two campuses have been established at existing BHP warehouse and repair facilities in Mackay in Queensland and Welshpool (Perth) in Western Australia. To date, approximately 125 people have started their training in each facility.

BHP’s Acting President Operations Minerals Australia, Edgar Basto, said: “We are investing in the workforce of the future, and creating new employment opportunities in the communities where we operate. This new program will help develop Australia’s next generation of tradespeople and support local jobs.”

“We are proud to welcome our new group of apprentices and trainees, who will develop the skills necessary to harness advances in technology, automation and maintenance, and help to address Australia’s trade skills shortage.”

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