BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) is dishing out 42 apprenticeships to local residents, due to start work at its central Queensland operations in 2018.
BMA asset president Rag Udd said the number of apprenticeships being offered locally has more than doubled in recent years.
“We want our workforce to reflect the communities in which we operate, so it’s pleasing to again be able to build on that with our diverse apprenticeship intake next year,” Mr Udd said.
“We see these apprentices as the future of our business, and for us to continue being an important part of the Central Queensland community, we need to support it.”
Offers are being made to applicants from across the region including 16 people from Moranbah, seven from the greater Mackay area, seven from Blackwater, seven from Dysart and a further five from central and northern Queensland.
The new cohort will include apprentice electricians, mechanics, diesel fitters, auto-electricians and boilermakers.
They include Brandt Dempster from Moranbah, who has been offered a position working at Goonyella Riverside mine as an apprentice diesel fitter.
“I’ve always been interested in how machines work, so to be able to follow that as a career close to home is a perfect fit for me,” Mr Dempster said.
Apprentices from across the region will gather in Moranbah for an induction and formal welcome to the organisation in January.