Bengalla Mine together with recruitment partner, MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees, has kicked off the annual apprenticeship intake programme, with electrical and mechanical trades on offer.
The four year programme includes hands-on experience at Bengalla’s open cut coal mine combined with technical studies at Hunter Institute Muswellbrook Mining Industry Skills Centre.
First year MIGAS apprentice Christopher Scriven, having recently completed six months at the Mining Skills Centre where he attained the highest overall grade throughout the program is encouraging others to apply for the apprenticeship opportunities on offer with Bengalla.
Chris said, “Having previously worked at Bengalla as an operator I have trust in the company. I applied for the plant mechanic apprenticeship as I was always interested in plant equipment.
I am in my first year of my apprenticeship and every day is a new day. There is always something new to learn and I enjoy meeting new people, learning new skills and being hands on.”
Bengalla Chief Executive Officer, Cam Halfpenny said the programme offers apprentices the opportunity to work in a safe environment with experienced tradespeople across a broad range of electrical and plant mechanic functions.
“We provide ongoing coaching, mentoring and support from both MIGAS and Bengalla as the apprentices work to obtain a nationally recognised qualification,” he said.
“The programme gives apprentices a great start in the mining industry and allows Bengalla to tap into a pool of talented workers and help build capacity in the Hunter Valley.
”We are looking for self-motivated team players to fill our four available apprenticeship places at Bengalla and start their careers in mining,” Mr Halfpenny said.
Successful applicants for the 2018 programme will join 12 current apprentices at Bengalla who are employed through group training specialists MIGAS.
MIGAS Managing Director, Rod Margetts, said the Bengalla apprentice intake is an excellent opportunity for Muswellbrook Shire locals to get their start in a skilled trade career.
“Bengalla offers a safe and inclusive work environment where apprentices will develop practical on-the-job skills with the support of an exceptional leadership team,” he said.
“We’re calling for applications for first year apprenticeships in electrical and plant mechanic. So if you can offer a great work ethic, drive and commitment to your training – we want to hear from you.”
Applications close on Friday 7 July 2017.