We get asked this question nearly every week ‘How do I get a job in the mines driving trucks?’ And we can’t blame them, with the cost of living in Australia constantly rising, a job in the mines seems to be what everyone is chasing. Generally more cash, good rosters and you are looked after pretty well, which helps to keep your home life healthy.
The thing with these highly talked about ‘mining jobs’ is that it’s difficult to get a start. The main obstacle is created by the high quantity of people that are trying to get in. Most employers are chasing experienced workers not green skins so if your trying to break into the industry its a bit of the chicken and the egg saga, you can’t get in without experience but you need to have been out there before to have experience.
A leg up
Global Mining Simulator Academy Pty Ltd are a company based out of Mackay in QLD. Mackay is the main hub for all the Bowen Basin mines and it’s a town that is going absolutely crazy right now, it is mind boggling how nuts its going to be up there in the near future. The GMSA program is a Haul Truck Driver Training Program which gives mining companies incentive to choose their graduates as they have received valuable training that cannot be conducted in a live environment and only require minimum on-site practical training, this in turn saves the mining company time and money. The simulator enables practical training and to delve further into the safety side as they can simulate hazards like traffic, weather and fire.
GMSA is partnered with a company called Global Product Search which is a labour hire and recruitment mob facilitating employment across Australia. There’s no guarantee with landing a job but having this course in your Cribhut Ticket Vault will certainly put you in the short listings for any Trainee Operator positions.
Its a 4 day course with only six people in the class, which allows you to have plenty of time to hammer the assessors with any questions you may have. This course normally goes for $4000, but for a short time GMSA is offering the course for $3000. I know it’s a lot of money but if it helps you land a job out there, it’s definitely worth it. We had a good yarn with one of the lads in there when we popped in to check out the Simulator and he was a top bloke. Let me tell you when you walk in to this Simulator its amazing just how real it is. There’s calls happening over the 2 way radio and everything, even the chair bounces around as you drive over bumps in the road.
Every Friday between 10am-2pm The GMSA’s doors are open for anyone that wishes to view the training facility and to have a chat with their trainers.
Check out their website
Get in contact with them, it might be just the thing you need.
Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide. Like most things in life, there are no guarantees. Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.