Mackay hosts new FutureFit mine training academy
The training program, delivered through the new BHP FutureFit Academy, is being developed in conjunction with CQ University and WA’s North Metropolitan TAFE.
BHP said the first two campuses had been established at existing BHP warehouse and repair facilities in Mackay in Queensland and Welshpool in Perth.
About 125 people have started their training in each facility.
The BHP FutureFit Academy is initially offering trade apprenticeships for heavy diesel fitters and mechanical fitters, with additional streams to be introduced according to business demand.
In addition, the program is offering a new one-year Certificate II
BHP said the initial roll-out was being be managed to ensure appropriate social distancing was maintained at each facility, along with other COVID-19 workplace requirements.
“The BHP FutureFit Academy forges new ground, offering a tailored learning experience in purpose-built campuses that will ensure our graduates are skilled, competent and job-ready,” BHP vice-president operations services Mark Swinnerton said.
“We are bringing the learning to the learner through real-life workshops and virtual reality simulation technology to provide robust, supported and intensive training in a safe, controlled and inclusive environment.”
Image: New BHP FutureFit Academy trainees Melita Nelson, Latitia Briggs and Allan Rautoka in Mackay.