The BMA Work Readiness Program held in Emerald is a five-week course that provides new-to-industry apprentices with knowledge and training for a successful transition to the work site. The program broadens the apprentices’ knowledge and skills with various experiences and projects while introducing them to the BHP business and mining sector culture. The well-rounded apprentices who complete the program are prepared and confident to commence work in a safe manner.
The Local Buying Program was used to source accommodation, transport, catering, tooling, and equipment supplies, which saved time and effort coordinating quotes, researching reliable product availability, and ensuring business capacity to deliver on time. In addition to sourcing mining goods and services locally, BMA’s decision to training apprentices regionally showcases their commitment to creating local opportunities beyond mining-related fields. This enables them to support a far wider variety of small businesses and keep the spend local.
The engagement and support of local businesses is positively impacting the viability of the regional economies where BHP operates and building a strong and reliable supply chain.
“We are proud to host the BMA Work Readiness Program in the Central Highlands for 40 apprentices from across our sites to commence their initial training. We utilise the Local Buying Program to procure accommodation, transport, catering, tools and equipment throughout the program. This makes it easy for the organisers and we are delighted to support local businesses.” Greg Zonca, BMA Blackwater Co-Ordinator Apprentices and Trainees.