The national advanced entry adult apprenticeship program for the resources sector commenced formal recruitment on Saturday 14 May 2011 with an advertisement in Queensland.

Anglo American Metallurgical Coal is looking to recruit adult apprentices under the joint Australian Government, minerals industry National Apprenticeship Program.

The Minerals Council of Australia is a partner in the National Apprenticeship Program and is pleased to acknowledge the foresight of Anglo American and EastCoast Apprenticeships in being the first to recruit under the new national initiative.

The company is seeking adult apprentices as electrical fitter mechanic and diesel fitter. The apprenticeships will be undertaken over an 18 month period at the company?s Queensland mine sites. Candidates will require at least 40 per cent of the trade which will be assessed through a rigorous recognition of prior learning process. Target groups for participation in program include:

  • current trades assistants and operators working closely with tradespeople;
  • people with partially completed trade qualifications;
  • people with other related trade qualifications;
  • unqualified people working in trades positions;
  • permanent Australian residents with overseas qualifications not yet recognised in Australia; and
  • ex-members of the defence forces with aligned qualifications.

This is the first intake of 1000 adult apprentices to be recruited for the resources sector across Australia. Later intakes will offer apprenticeships in other trades required by other employers in other states.

It is proposed to recruit and train 1000 adult apprentices every 18 months for a wide range of companies involved in the resources sector, including minerals and oil and gas companies and contractors to the resources sector.

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