It’s time to be resourceful to nail down a mining job
Take the time to research options when looking for work in the mining industry, CareerOne Editor Cara Jenkin reports.
THOUSANDS of jobs are reportedly up for grabs in the state’s resources boom but how to go about getting one eludes many workers. Industry leaders advise there is no simple answer but it will take time and some effort to get there.
They say most of the jobs are not with the major mining companies but contractors and supply firms.
It also means not all mining jobs will require workers to live in rural areas.
But with most mines located outside the metropolitan area, and in particular BHP Billiton preferring most of its workforce to be based near its Olympic Dam mine at Roxby Downs, many employment opportunities will be in re- gional areas. Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance chief executive Phil de Courcey says workers first need the right attitude as many mining operations require workers to work in risky environments and adhere to strict drug and alcohol-free policies along with other occupational health and safety criteria.
‘‘There’s not a big demand for people in the industry that you can just turn up at a mining company and get a job. They are looking for people with that culture and experience,’’ he says.
‘‘There’s no doorway you can go and just open and get a job. It can be a bit of a process.
‘‘It does require a bit of research.’’ He says job hunters must talk to people in the industry about what is required and research away from the internet.
South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy chief executive Jason Kuchel urges many workers to study to some extent, to hone the skills they need and be more attractive prospects to have more success at landing work.
‘‘Just because someone is driving B-double trucks doesn’t mean they have got the skills to drive a mining truck,’’ he says.
‘‘It doesn’t mean they can’t but it means they have to do some training or retrain themselves for that type of role.’’
He says workers, including school students, have time to study from scratch and not enter the mining workforce for several years as they can be employed in operation phases of mines.
Resources executive recruiters WPM Consulting managing director Ben Wilson says workers at the top of their fields need to be well connected and involved in networks and industry associations and bodies to have the best chance of securing work.
‘‘There are limited opportunities