BMA picks ap­pren­tices as key to bright fu­ture

Central Queensland News - - NEWS - Kris­ten Booth Kris­ten.Booth@cqnews.com.au

FORTY-TWO lo­cals are cel­e­brat­ing in the lead-up to Christmas, af­ter re­ceiv­ing an of­fer to be­gin ap­pren­tice­ships with BHP Bil­li­ton Mit­subishi Al­liance in 2018.

Emer­ald’s Kurt Har­ri­son was thrilled to re­ceive a let­ter from BMA, of­fer­ing him a po­si­tion to take on his dream job by work­ing at Saraji Mine as an ap­pren­tice elec­tri­cian.

“Through school this was all I wanted to do, be­come an elec­tri­cian,” he said.

“I found (out) on a bad day, so there were mixed emo­tions but I was re­ally happy to fi­nally get it.”

The 21-year-old said he now had the chance to re­ally kick-start his ca­reer.

“They’ve given me a good op­por­tu­nity, re­ally, for a whole ca­reer path.

“BMA have of­fered me the job of a life­time. I’m thank­ful for that and I won’t let them down.”

Of­fers are be­ing made to ap­pli­cants from across the re­gion.

Th­ese in­clude 16 peo­ple from Mo­ran­bah, seven from Black­wa­ter, seven from Dysart, five from Cen­tral and North­ern Queens­land and a fur­ther seven from the Greater Mackay area.

BMA as­set pres­i­dent Rag Udd said the num­ber of ap­pren­tice­ships be­ing of­fered lo­cally had more than dou­bled in re­cent years.

“We want our work­force to re­flect the com­mu­ni­ties in which we op­er­ate,” Mr Udd said.

“So it’s pleas­ing to again be able to build on that with our di­verse ap­pren­tice­ship in­take next year.

“We see th­ese ap­pren­tices as the fu­ture of our busi­ness and, for us to con­tinue be­ing an im­por­tant part of the Cen­tral Queens­land com­mu­nity, we need to sup­port it.”

The new co­hort will em­bark on ap­pren­tice­ships across a range of trades.

Th­ese in­clude elec­tri­cians, me­chan­ics, diesel fit­ters, auto-elec­tri­cians and boil­er­mak­ers.

Ma­ture-age ap­pren­tices, in­clud­ing Mr Har­ri­son, have re­ceived their of­fers to join BMA.

The bulk of ap­pli­cants will re­ceive their let­ters this week.

Se­lected ap­pren­tices from across the re­gion will gather in Mo­ran­bah for an in­duc­tion and for­mal wel­come to the or­gan­i­sa­tion in Jan­uary.

PHOTO: KRIS­TEN BOOTH

OP­POR­TU­NITY KNOCKS: Kurt Har­ri­son is thrilled to re­ceive his let­ter of of­fer from BMA as part of the 2018 ap­pren­tice­ship in­take.

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