An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction under the supervision of a professional over three to four years, during which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of their chosen occupation in a trade or technical skill.
Getting an apprenticeship can be an exciting and challenging opportunity. It allows you to explore the industry while developing sought after skills, and once completed, helps to launch your career when you emerge as a first-class tradesperson.
Earn while you learn in a structured Program, acquiring the skills and knowledge to kick-start your career in gold.
Newcrest offer a diverse range of tailored Programs across their operations for both entry-level and adult participants, in a Program that includes the trades Heavy Vehicle Mobile Plant Mechanic, Light Vehicle Mechanic, Electrotechnology Electrician, Automotive Electrician and Fitter/Welder.
Gold Fields offer apprenticeship training at each of its site in various times throughout the year. The St Ives Operation targets Kalgoorlie and Kambalda residents for apprentices annually.
Saracen offer apprenticeships in a range of mechanical and electrical trades on a four-year fixed-term contract. Apprentices will work across both operations to gain exposure to different mining and fixed plant infrastructure. While the Program is open to all internal and external candidates, previous exposure to mining is preferable.
Northern Star offer apprenticeship opportunities including Fixed Plant Boilermaker, Fixed Plant Fitter, Fixed Plant Electrician, Heavy Duty Fitter, Light Vehicle Fitter, Auto Electrician and Underground Electrician. As some apprenticeships are residential positions, the successful applicant may be required to reside in Kalgoorlie or the surrounding area.
AngloGold Ashanti Australia’s apprenticeship Program enables graduates to complete real work within key mining disciplines, building technical capability under the mentorship of experienced professionals, while being developed as leaders.
KCGM offers apprenticeships in Boilermaker, Electrician, Auto Electrician, Fixed Plant, Fitter and Mobile Plant Mechanic. KCGM usually begin advertising in the second half of the year for those positions which commence the following year. Joining the KCGM team also means that you are eligible for their performance and loyalty quarterly bonus scheme.
Macmahon provides both entry-level and mature age apprentice opportunities to gain nationally recognised trade qualifications as HD Fitters, Boilermakers and Auto Electricians. Their 48-month Program includes on-the-job learning in the Perth workshop, rotating through different repair sections for the first 12 months, before continuing with introductory site-based work, alternating across WA and QLD in the second year. Third and fourth years broaden your learning on a rotating roster of work across all sites.
Selection commences in August annually, and applicants must have completed both Year 12 and pre-apprenticeship training or relevant work experience. Trade up-skill Programs are also available to already-qualified persons looking to enter the gold industry.
In SMS Mining Services’ Program, apprentices attend TAFE and other courses (8-10 weeks annually) as part of their training and development. All apprentices are provided with the opportunity to start as a Trade Assistant within the Kalgoorlie Workshop before beginning their TAFE studies and apprenticeship Program, allowing them the opportunity to experience a variety of trades over a three-month period before settling on what to study.