Home' Careers Magazine : March 2011 Educate Yourself Contents 10 NEWCASTLE HERALD Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Mining is one of several
sectors in which demand
for workers is set to
continue growing over the
next few years.
EDUCATE YOURSELF FOR A BRIGHTER CAREER
IF you're looking for an apprenticeship in an area that is
set to boom, look no further than the mining industry.
Figures from the Department of Education, Employment
and Workplace Relations suggest that in the next five years
employment in the sector will increase at an average rate
of 3.3 per cent annually. That's about 28,000 new jobs a year,
or about twice as many as any other industry.
Although the number of people directly employed in
the industry is relatively small -- it makes up about 1.6 per
cent of the total workforce -- mining has experienced
strong job growth in recent years thanks to resources
demand from China and other fast-growing Asian
Recruitment officer Carol Doherty, from MIGAS
Apprentices and Trainees, a not-for-profit training
organisation that specialises in the mining and
manufacturing industries, said there was a growing
demand for young people to enter the field.
''There are vacancies in trades such as plant mechanics,
boiler makers, fitter/machinists and electrical fitters,'' Ms
MIGAS has seen an influx of inquiries from young
candidates drawn to the industry by high wages and
''As a group training organisation, we indenture the
apprentices and trainees that come through us and look
after them for the term of their apprenticeship.
''There are still a number of mining companies that do
indenture their own apprentices and trainees as well. It is
an ageing workforce in the mining industry, especially in
some of the more traditional trades.''
Qualifications received in the mining industry are
recognised across a range of sectors, meaning apprentices
don't have to stay in mining.
Some go on to set up their own businesses. Other boom
areas for apprenticeships are likely to be aged care,
healthcare, social assistance, construction, scientific and
The construction industry is the fourth-largest
employer in Australia, employing 979,600 people, or
8.9 per cent of the total workforce. It is strongly influenced
by economic cycles and can be susceptible to skills
shortages and an oversupply of other skills.
The NSW manager of group training organisation MEGT
Colin McCabe said trades were still key areas of
employment from an apprentice and trainee perspective.
''In saying that, it also depends on what trade you are
looking at. For example, if a company wanted to take on
an electrical apprentice, they're easy to get because
everyone wants to be an electrician,'' Mr McCabe said.
''If you're looking for a carpentry apprenticeship,
there's not many people offering those at the moment.''
''Most people don't want to take on a first-year
apprentice but if you are a second- or third-year
apprentice, you are very much in demand.''
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