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Working in the Mines

In recent years the world has been under a cloud of economic hardship marked by high unemployment and wide spread bankruptcy. The global financial crisis had a huge effect on the world economy yet Australia remained strong. Australia survived the hardship of the GFC largely due to our booming natural resources industry. Developing countries such as China and India have developed an insatiable need for our natural resources and the mining sector has grown accordingly. Statistics show that mining has generated around $204 billion annually for the Australian economy. This staggering amount and the expansion of mining largely in Western Australia has led to an employment boom, with around 250 thousand people required annually to work in the machine that is the Australian mining industry. Work in the mine has become highly sought after due to high pay rates for a diverse range of work. With more and more people applying to mining companies and moving to mining towns to work, competition for vacant positions has risen. If you are considering applying for work in the mines then you should look to complete training that will help you stand out from competitors and prepare you for work in the mining regions.

There are a range of courses that are available to help prepare you for the mines.

First Aid: First aid training is a no brainer if you’re looking to work in the mines. First aid certification teaches basic lifesaving skills that are a compulsory requirement for mining employees. The course is also fun and empowering making it a logical first step for those looking into a mining career.

Introduction to surface mining: This is a 3 day course intended to prepare people for working in above ground mines. The course covers relevant safety procedures and mining policy. Introduction to surface mining will give you a great insight into what you can expect on a mining site.

Introduction to underground mining: Another 3 day course this is perfect for those looking for entry level positions in the mines. The course covers safety and a wide range of entry level positions. Most importantly the course equips you with the knowledge to become a valuable member of and underground mining team after just 7 days on site.

With these certifications completed finding work in the mines shouldn’t be too difficult as long as you meet employer requirements. The mining industry is booming and it is a fun and exciting industry to be a part of. Completing basic certification before you apply shows a dedication to learning and a willingness to work that potential employers are sure to recognise.

Written by Shenoa Gittins

Shenoa is the Operations Manager and co-owner of RAM Training Services.
You can connect with Shenoa Gittins via Google+ and Facebook.

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