Anglo American Coal’s Grasstree Mine has a number of school-based apprenticeship and traineeship positions available to start in 2020.
These positions will provide applicants with an outstanding opportunity to start a career in the mining industry whilst completing their school studies. MIGAS are proud to be supporting Anglo American as they invest in the future of their industry by providing these exciting opportunities to 6 young locals. The intake will start in early 2020 and will include the following roles:
- Mechanical Fitting Apprenticeships
- Electrotechnology Apprenticeship
- Warehousing Traineeship
- Workplace Health and Safety Traineeship
- Business Administration Traineeship
School Based vacancies
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A SCHOOL BASED APPRENTICESHIP/ TRAINEESHIP?
It’s an opportunity to attain a nationally recognised qualification while attending school and gain a competitive edge in following your trade career pathway.
In collaboration with your school, MIGAS and Anglo American, you will be released from school for 1 day each week to attend work and/or complete training. In addition to your school study commitments you will complete a Certificate-level qualification inclusive of on-the-job training. As a school-based trainee/apprentice working for Anglo American you will gain entry level experience in your trade of interest and practical exposure to the mining industry.
School-based opportunities can lead to ongoing employment upon completion of high school, setting you up for your career before you graduate. You are also earning while you are learning – you will earn money for any hours you work, including weekends and during school holidays.
WHAT “OFF THE JOB” TRAINING IS INVOLVED?
Apprentices may be required to attend TAFE in Emerald as part of this programme. The frequency of TAFE blocks is still to be finalised.
HOW LONG IS THE SCHOOL BASED APPRENTICSHIP/ TRAINEESHIP?
The school-based component of an Apprenticeship or Traineeship is 1 or 2 years depending on if you commence in year 11 or 12.
WHERE WILL THESE ROLES BE BASED?
Anglo American Grasstree Mine.
WHAT DAYS AND HOURS WILL I BE EXPECTED TO WORK EACH WEEK?
- Apprentices and Trainees will work every Wednesday during the school term with the option of working extra hours on weekends and school holidays.
- Mechanical and Electrical Apprentices will work from 6.30am to 4.30pm.
- Warehousing, Business Administration and Workplace Health & Safety Trainees will work from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Regular shuttle buses depart to and from the site from Middlemount and are provided free of charge.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THE SCHOOL BASED APPRENTICESHIP OR TRAINEESHIP IS RIGHT FOR ME?
It’s often hard to know if you will enjoy or succeed in your apprenticeship or traineeship before you commence.
Although it can be a very rewarding industry, there is a lot more to these apprenticeships and traineeships than meets the eye. We recommend you take some time to learn a little more about these trade specialisations on our website. Find out more about the trades on offer here.
WHAT DO I NEED TO APPLY?
You will need a cover letter and a resume highlighting your interests in the chosen trade and the relevant skills you will bring to your apprenticeship/traineeship.
A cover letter is your opportunity to tell us:
- a little bit about you,
- why you want the apprenticeship/traineeship, and
- what makes you right for this role.
Tell us about what interests you, what you do in the local community and why it will make you a great apprentice or trainee.
Think of your resume as a catalogue of your skills and experience. We’d like to see your school subjects listed along with your grades and any pre-vocational certificates you have completed, plus any full-time or part-time work.
Make sure you include any work experience or volunteer work where you may have had the opportunity to be part of a team. And don’t forget to list any clubs or groups you are actively involved in.
You will need to include a minimum of 1 referee and their contact details in your resume. It’s a good idea to have your referees in mind and start talking to them about providing a reference if you are successful in moving forward with your application.
A great referee is someone who knows your skills and strengths, has managed or mentored you, and can tell us about what will make you a great apprentice or trainee. They might be a teacher at school, a manager at work, or a coach of a sports team you play for.
WHO CAN APPLY?
We are looking for students with a genuine interest in a career pathway into the Mining Industry along with a keen interest in the role/ trade you are applying for. These School Based Apprenticeships will be over a 1/2-year period, so they are ideal for students commencing year 11 or 12 in 2020. Applicants must be 16 years of age at the commencement of your Apprenticeship or Traineeship.
3 of the main attributes we are looking for are:
- a focus on safety
- great communication skills
- a thirst to learn and a willingness to adapt to an ever-changing environment.
CAN I APPLY FOR MULTIPLE ROLES?
Yes, you can.
To be considered for multiple roles you must apply for each position separately. Each trade is very different so we will be looking for you to tell us WHY you want that particular role. We would advise applying for the role that you think best suits your skills and future career ambitions.
HOW LONG IS THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS AND WHAT’S INVOLVED?
The full selection process will involve:
STAGE 1 – ONLINE APPLICATION
This part is easy. Find the role you are interested in and follow the steps to apply. Remember to include a cover letter AND resume.
STAGE 2 - PHONE SCREEN
Successful candidates will be contacted for a phone screen to briefly discuss the details of their application and clarify any questions upfront and specific to the role. Those applicants who successfully pass the phone screen will be asked to participate in an assessment centre held at Middlemount High School on Tuesday 26th November 2019.
STAGE 3 – ASSESSMENT CENTRE
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend at an assessment centre, where they will participate in team activities and supervised testing. Candidates will be required to attend for one day on Tuesday 26th November 2019.
STAGE 4 – PRE-EMPLOYMENT CHECKS
Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a medical assessment before final offers are made. This is a mandatory requirement for anyone commencing work with Anglo American. We will also conduct reference checks with your nominated referee’s.
STAGE 5 – APPRENTICESHIP/ TRAINEESHIP OFFERS
Employment offers into the program will be made to the successful candidates in December 2019. You will first receive a verbal offer of employment, followed by an electronic offer (emailed documents) and relevant new starter information from MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees.
The full selection process will involve:
WHAT HAPPENS AT AN ASSESSMENT CENTRE?
An assessment centre is a group assessment where you and other applicants in the running for the roles will be assessed on your practical ability, teamwork, communication skills, ability to problem solve and adapt to different situations. You will be involved in a number of individual, group and practical activities that will be relevant to the position you are applying for.
Our assessment centres generally start with an introduction and overview of the day followed by an ice breaker to help everyone feel relaxed. Then we move on to the individual and group exercises where you will be assessed by our team throughout the day.
You can prepare by simply being yourself and ensure you’re interacting and contributing to the activities throughout the day.
WHEN DO APPLICATIONS CLOSE?
Applications will close on Wednesday 20th November 2019.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IF I’M SUCCESSFUL?
If you are successful, you will receive a phone call with a verbal offer of employment. This will be followed up by a copy of your employment contract and all other documents regarding your employment with MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees.
You will be required to pass a pre-employment medical as well as completing a number of site-specific inductions prior to commencing in 2020.
From here you will have direct communication with your appointed MIGAS Filed Officer and your Anglo American Supervisor who will both liaise directly with your School VET Coordinator on a regular basis.
HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED IF I’M SHORTLISTED OR UNSUCCESSFUL?
Candidates will be advised if they have progressed through each stage of the selection process. We encourage you to keep an eye on your phone and emails during the course of the selection process.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by either phone or email to confirm their progression to the next stage of the process.
WHEN DO THE APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINEESHIPS COMMENCE?
All roles will commence in early February 2020 in line with the new school term.
Successful candidates will be advised in their employment contract of their exact start date.
DO I RECEIVE A UNIFORM AND PPE?
As a MIGAS Apprentice or Trainee, you will have all your uniforms and personal protective equipment supplied.