Resource sector employment boost for post COVID-19 recovery

3 June 2020

In a huge boost to regional employment three companies in the resources sector will push ahead with apprenticeship intake programs for 2021 to help fast-track the State’s economy post COVID-19,  said the Queensland Resources Council.

QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said around 150 opportunities across the three intakes would exist for the right candidates to embark on a long and rewarding career in the resources sector.

“I congratulate Glencore, BHP and Hastings Deering for launching these vital employment pathway programs and providing life changing opportunities to apprentices at a time when many are looking for a job,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“QRC was invited to join the Premier’s Queensland Industry Recovery Alliance last week and I reaffirmed to Annastacia Palaszczuk the sector’s important role in creating jobs, economic development and exports.

“Keeping us working keeps Queensland earning.

“The companies will be seeking apprentices from Toowoomba to Cairns, north west to Mount Isa and across the Bowen Basin including Moranbah, Blackwater and Dysart.

“Mechanics, boilermakers, electricians, diesel fitters, auto electricians and many more trades with each apprentice supported by guidance from experts in the industry.

“These programs compliment the work of the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) – QRC’s education arm – which works with 75 schools across Queensland with help from industry to teach trades and previous intakes have included QMEA graduates.

“Last year 13 percent of QMEA female students in apprenticeships were employed in resources compared to 2 percent of non-QMEA female students and over 40 percent of Indigenous year 12 students employed in resources graduated from QMEA schools.”

QMEA is a partnership between QRC and the Queensland Government under the Gateway Industry Skills Program.