2023 Bengalla Apprenticeship Intake

2023 Bengalla Apprenticeship Intake - Opening soon!


Electrical and Plant Mechanic roles in the Hunter Region

MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees and Bengalla Mining are searching for the next generation of motivated and enthusiastic candidates to join their team in the Hunter region with the prospect of a long-term career in the mining industry.


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Bengalla Mining has all the resources and facilities to get your trade career off the ground

Five positions are available with Electrical Apprenticeships and Plant Mechanic Apprenticeships set to commence in November 2022.

These four-year apprenticeships will see you train and gain experience in a world-class organisation with first-class facilities in the Hunter Valley region. 

The roles provide hands-on experience at Bengalla’s open cut coal mine, combining industry-leading training at Hunter Institute Muswellbrook Mining Industry Skills Centre, in conjunction with Hunter TAFE.

Bengalla Apprenticeships are highly competitive, and we encourage applicants to familiarise themselves with the frequently asked questions below on the opportunity and recruitment process.

2023 Bengalla Apprenticeship Roles

Apprenticeship details will appear here on Friday 20 May 2022 when applications open

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When do applications open and close?

    Applications for the 2023 Bengalla Apprenticeship Intake open on Friday 20 May 2022 and close on Friday 17 June 2022.

  • Who can apply?

    We value diversity and we encourage people from all walks of life to apply including current students, school leavers, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and mature age applicants. 

    This intake has an emphasis on employing locals from Muswellbrook and nearby surrounding communities looking to take on an apprenticeship commitment.

    Overall, we are looking for someone who has:

    • A focus on safety
    • Great communication skills
    • A thirst to learn and a willingness to adapt to an ever-changing environment
  • 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.

    A cover letter is your opportunity to tell us:

    • A little bit about you
    • Why you want the apprenticeship
    • 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 Bengalla apprentice. Read some other tips about writing a great cover letter >

    Think of your resume as a catalogue of your skills and experience. We’d like to see your school and 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. More tips for resume writing >

    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. They might be a teacher at school, a manager at work, or a coach of a sports team you play for.

  • How do I submit my application?

    When applications open on Friday 20 May 2022, you can apply here on the MIGAS website by selecting the apprenticeship role that best suits you.

    To do this, you will need to register with MIGAS and complete a short online application that includes uploading a resume and cover letter.

  • Can I apply for more than one role?

    Yes, you can.

    To be considered for multiple roles you must apply for each position separately. Each trade is very different and requires different strengths and interests.

    We suggest you develop a tailored cover letter for each role you are applying for, highlighting your strengths in the different apprenticeships on offer.

  • What does Bengalla provide during the apprenticeship?

    Apprentices receive:

    • Your own fully equipped Sidchrome toolbox
    • Workcover tickets including Dogman, Forklift and Elevated Work Platform Licences
    • Opportunity for community engagement/involvement for events and activities sponsored by Bengalla
    • TAFE fees and associated costs covered by Bengalla/MIGAS
    • Offsite training aligned to your apprenticeship program
    • Extensive experience on CAT, Hitachi, Komatsu Heavy Mining Equipment and P&H Dragline
    • 3-month mining skills workshop at Muswellbrook TAFE
    • Experience offered in mine maintenance, mining and CHPP departments
    • Opportunity to undertake additional TAFE courses within relevant trades
    • Yearly project work for nearby charity/schools or other beneficiaries
    • Opportunity for additional income through overtime shifts
    • Various rosters based on department and business needs
  • Who is MIGAS?

    MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees is a Group Training Organisation that works with companies like Bengalla Mining to match candidates with trade apprenticeships and traineeships.

    If you are successful in obtaining a Bengalla Apprenticeship, you will be employed by MIGAS and placed with Bengalla Mining as your host organisation.

    MIGAS will look after your weekly pay, provide mentoring and support by a local Field Officer, and be with you every step of the way during your apprenticeship.

    You can read more about what we do here.

  • Do I receive a uniform and PPE?

    As a MIGAS apprentice you will have all of your uniforms and personal protective equipment (PPE) supplied, as well as being paid to attend TAFE to complete your off-the-job training.

  • How long is the recruitment process and what’s involved?

    A place within Bengalla’s apprenticeship program is highly competitive and the selection process can take a number of weeks. You must participate in each stage to be considered for an apprenticeship or position.

    The full selection process will involve:

    Step 1: Screening | June 2022

    Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by phone to briefly discuss the details of their application and clarify any questions.

    Step 2: First Stage Online Initial Interview | July 2022

    Candidates will be interviewed via FaceTime or Microsoft Teams by a MIGAS Recruitment Officer and will participate in online skills testing.

    Step 3: Second Stage Video Submission | July 2022

    Candidates will submit a short video highlighting their suitability for the role.

    Step 4: Third Stage Migas & Bengalla Online Interview | July 2022

    Candidates will be interviewed online by MIGAS and Bengalla via Microsoft Teams.

    Step 5: Group Assessment & Panel Interviews | Start of August 2022

    Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a full day group assessment centre and participate in follow-up interviews on the day with MIGAS and Bengalla.

    Step 6: Pre-Employment Medical | Mid to Late August 2022

    Selected candidates will be required to complete a medical assessment before final offers are made. Reference checking will be carried out by MIGAS.

  • What happens at an assessment centre?

    An assessment centre is conducted in a group setting where you and other applicants in the running for the apprenticeship intake will be assessed on your practical ability, teamwork, communication skills, and 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 for which you are applying.

    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, on the day, ensure you’re interacting with the group and contributing to the activities.

  • 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 & Trainees and a date and time you will need to complete your pre-employment medicals.

    From here you will have direct communication with your appointed MIGAS Field Officer regarding your MIGAS and Bengalla inductions and your commencement with Bengalla. 

  • How will I be notified if I’m shortlisted?

    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 commence?

    All roles will commence in mid-November 2022.