Aussie mining jobs aplenty, if you have the right tickets
ABC News examines the rumour that big money can be made in mining in Australia with nary more than a high-school diploma.
Rejecting the idea that apprentices can walk into a mine and pull down a couple hundred grand, ABC quotes a recuriter at a jobs expo in Perth saying that high salaries aren't paid without suitable skills:
"There are a lot of tickets and qualifications you will need before you're let on site and most companies do prefer people with experience," said recruiter Tim Bayliss.
"So, that myth of basically being able to come to Perth and have a job in a mine straight away getting paid $200,000 isn't really that realistic."
What is realistic though, is the number of positions expected to go begging in the next three years. Successful applicants will almost certainly have to have the proper tickets:
"By 2015, we're looking at creating another 83,000 roles and that will vary all the way through to operators, engineers, geologists, trade professionals and boiler makers," (Australian Mines and Metals Association expo organizer Minna) Knight said.
"There certainly are entry level positions into the resource industry particularly with the more allied sectors, however, the truth is that you do need to have appropriate certificates and qualifications," says Knight.
"A mining environment is not like a cafeteria or a petrol station where you may be able to train up over a couple of hours."
Australian Miner has put together a guide for job seekers of mining positions in Down Under, which includes a total of 456 projects in the construction pipeline, with a combined value of over $400 billion.
Acute shortages will be felt in the following disciplines:
- Structural Fitters and Welders
- Mechanical Fitters
- Fixed and Mobile Plant Operators
- Structural Steel Fixers
- Motor Mechanics
- Crane Operators
Of the committed projects, the breakdown by state is:
- Western Australia; 89
- Northern Territory; 36
- Queensland; 123
- New South Wales; 94
- Victoria/Tasmania; 53
- South Australia; 61
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