Western Downs Indigenous Careers Program

WESTERN DOWNS INDIGENOUS CAREERS PROGRAM

 

10 - 12 months of paid employment with a Shell contractor while completing a Certificate II in Process Plant Operations or a Certificate II in Engineering Production Systems.

 

MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees and Shell's QGC business are looking for Indigenous Australians who want an introduction to the natural gas industry in the Western Downs.

At the end of the Western Downs Indigenous Careers program you’ll have the skills and experience to help you apply for Shell’s apprentice and trainee intakes and other jobs in the region.

The program involves 10 - 12 months of paid employment with a Shell contractor while completing a Certificate II in Process Plant Operations or a Certificate II in Engineering Production Systems.

You will have strong mentoring support from MIGAS to make sure you are on track to complete your training, and help turn this opportunity into a long term job.

Each trainee receives:

  • On-the-job training and support with genuine employment opportunities beyond to the program.
  • Dedicated support from your MIGAS mentor.
  • Access to apply for a yearly scholarship to fund further development.
  • A structured training program through an accredited Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
  • A solid foundation to jump-start a successful career in your local community.

KEY DATES

To ensure you put your best foot forward in the application process here are some key dates to keep in mind.

SIGN-ON DAY

Thursday 14 February 2019 | 11AM 

TAFE Queensland - Chinchilla Campus
9 Zeller St, Chinchilla QLD 4413

You can get help completing the application, meet the program mentors, bring your family, and ask questions about the program.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE

Sunday 24 February 2019

GROUP ASSESSMENT CENTRE

Thursday 28 February 2019

If shortlisted, you'll participate in a group interview to find out your strengths and assess your dedication to completing the program.

MEET AND GREET

Week commencing Monday 4 March 2019

The final shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet their mentors and supervisors. Be aware you will be required to complete a medical assessment before final offers are made.

YOUR FIRST DAY

Week commencing Monday 18 March 2019

If you are offered a place in the program you will be provided with all the details of your employment ahead of your start date. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • WHO CAN APPLY?

    The filling of these positions is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and section 105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld).

    The positions are therefore only open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants.

    Preference will be given to applicants from Traditional Owner groups in the upstream operations footprint of Shell’s QGC business including Iman, Mandandanji, Bigambul, Barunggam, Cobble Cobble, Jarowair, Western Wakka Wakka, Yiman, Wulli Wulli, Gangulu, and Wakka Wakka.

    You will be required to provide confirmation of your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage as part of your eligibility for this program. This can be done through:

    • Providing a Certificate of Aboriginality or Letter of Confirmation
    • Nominating a contact person/ representative from your Traditional Owner group (applicable to groups within Shell QGC’s footprint)
    • Signing a statutory declaration
  • I'M OVER 21 AND CONSIDERED MATURE AGE, CAN I STILL APPLY?

    Yes, absolutely. MIGAS (and Shell’s QGC business) employ matured aged apprentices and trainees and your life experience is of great value.

    If your skills and experience match the requirements of the role and you are genuinely interested in developing a trade career, we encourage you to apply regardless of your age.

  • WHAT DO I NEED TO APPLY?

    To apply you will need to complete our online application form and provide the following:

    • Your cover letter: introducing yourself and highlighting your interests in the program and any relevant skills you will bring.
    • Your resume: outlining your personal details, education and relevant skills or work experience.

    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.

    You will need to include two (2) referees 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.

    If you are unsure about any part of the application process, we encourage you to attend our sign-on day on Thursday 14 February 2019 or give our recruitment mentors a call on 1300 464 427.

  • CAN I APPLY FOR MULTIPLE ROLES?

    Yes, you certainly 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 interests in the different apprenticeships and traineeships on offer.

  • WHEN DO APPLICATIONS CLOSE?

    Applications will close at midnight on Sunday 24 February 2019. Apply today so you don’t miss out.

  • HOW DO I KNOW IF THE PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR ME?

    It’s often hard to know if you will enjoy or succeed in your apprenticeship or traineeship before you start.

    Although it can be a very rewarding industry, there is a lot more to these 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 here.

  • WHAT IS A SIGN-ON DAY? DO I HAVE TO ATTEND?

    The sign-on day is part of our commitment to supporting you through the application process. It is an opportunity to get face to face support with putting together your resume and cover letter and submitting your online application.

    There will also be an opportunity for you and those close to you to meet the program mentors and supervisors. You can ask them anything you would like to know about the program or the application process.

    To be considered for these roles you do not have to attend the sign-on day. It is simply there to help you if you need it. 

  • WHAT HAPPENS AT A GROUP ASSESSMENT CENTRE?

    An assessment centre is a group assessment where you and other applicants 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 program.

    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.

  • 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.

    From here you will have direct communication with your appointed MIGAS Field Officer regarding your inductions and any additional training required before your first day.

  • 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.

    Due to the number of applications we receive, we cannot provide individual feedback to unsuccessful candidates. Those who are unsuccessful will be notified by email.

  • WHEN DO THE PROGRAM TRAINEESHIPS START?

    All roles will commence in March 2019.

    Successful candidates will be advised in their employment contract of their exact start date.

  • WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO BE PAID?

    What you get paid will vary depending on your age and your trade. You can calculate an estimate of your pay based on the relevant award using the government’s pay calculator.

    You may be expected to occasionally participate in overtime during the course of your traineeship. This will be discussed and approved in advance.

    The Australian Government provides a range of income support options for apprentices and trainees to support them to complete their training. Learn about additional income support options here.

  • WHAT WILL MY HOURS OF WORK BE EACH WEEK?

    You can expect to work a standard full-time 38hour week.

  • DO I RECEIVE A UNIFORM AND PPE?

    As a MIGAS Trainee you will have all of your uniforms and personal protective equipment supplied, as well as being paid to attend your Registered Training Organisation to complete your off and on-the-job training.

  • WILL THIS FAST-TRACK MY APPLICATION FOR Shell’s QGC PATHWAYS?

    The intent of this program is to provide a genuine opportunity for local Indigenous Australians to be prepared for major apprenticeship drives like Shell’s QGC Pathways annual intakes.

    You will still need to participate in all required interviews and assessments for Shell’s QGC Pathways intake, but may fast-track through the pre-screening process with the support of your MIGAS mentor.

To discuss your application, call 1300 464 427 and speak to a MIGAS Recruitment officer today.

The filling of these positions is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and section 105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld).

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