Employment Services Queensland’s Karen Whalan and Paul Smith say jobseekers can’t just walk into a job in the mines.
Employment Services Queensland’s Karen Whalan and Paul Smith say jobseekers can’t just walk into a job in the mines. Scottie Simmonds

Upskill for jobs in mining

JOBSEEKERS trying for a place in the mining and resource sector are at an all-time high, with employment agencies receiving constant requests for help getting into the industry.

But be warned - it's not as easy as just being interested.

Employment Services Queensland employment adviser Karen Whalan said since starting at the business two years ago, plenty of people had been interested in getting a job in the mining and resource industry.

"We get a lot of people coming in and asking how they get into the mines," she said.

But Mrs Whalan said securing a job in the sector was "not as easy as people think".

She said many mining and resource employers were looking for people with skills and experience.

"People need to up their skills and get their tickets for things like graders and dozers and backhoes," she said.

"We can refer them to the people who offer that training."

Mrs Whalan said while Employment Services Queensland was not in direct contact with the mining and resource sector employers, they could help applicants understand what was expected of them.

"We'll often take them through a job advertised on Seek and show them exactly what they're looking for," she said.

The employment adviser said the main draw to the mines was the money.

"They're willing to do anything to get in," Mrs Whalan said.

"Most of the time they don't care what the job is, they just want to get in.

"They need to remember they are doing long shifts and long days and a lot of the time they're away from their families."

Mrs Whalan said people of all ages were interested in the mines, and jobs weren't only for men.

"I had an indigenous woman do her backhoe licence and get her tickets and she got in," she said.



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