Rio ready to take on more WA work­ers

Pilbara News - - News - Ben Har­vey

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

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