Rio ready to take on more WA workers
After tightening its belt for the past few years, Rio Tinto is laying the groundwork for an expansion of its apprenticeship program.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said in 2018 there would be a bigger intake of apprentices, graduates and trainees.
“Rio Tinto is dedicated to providing exciting new work opportunities, we want to help cultivate skills and work prospects for our next generation of employees, and we’re investing to help them prepare for their job futures,” he said.
“We’re now well advanced on our Mine of the Future program, and to building capability in our workforce for the new jobs we’ll require over the next decade.
“I am proud to announce over 200 new graduates, vacation students, apprentices and trainees will be recruited in 2018 across WA.
“They will join our already strong 300 employees participating in these training pathways.
“The number of apprenticeships would jump by 50 per cent.
“Rio Tinto currently invests in its employee development with local training organisations, including TAFE and regional WA businesses for on-the-job training, leadership development and inhouse experience.”
Rio last week opened its vacation employment campaign, which facilitates industry placements for undergraduates so they can complete their degrees.
Applications for the 2018 apprenticeship program are open, canvassing heavy mobile equipment, light vehicles, fixed plant and electrical.
The number of apprenticeships would jump by 50 per cent. Chris Salisbury