Credited with powering WA’s economy through the COVID-19 pandemic, the resources sector is launching a three-day jobs bonanza in the heart of the state’s South West.
The recruitment drive across Bridgetown, Manjimup, and Nannup will see representatives from some of WA’s brightest resource companies encouraging locals to consider a career in mining.
With opportunities for both drive-in, drive-out and fly-in, fly-out workforces, residents can continue living in their regional communities.
The South West Resources Jobs Showcase will be a chance for prospective mining workers to learn how their existing skills could be transferred into the resources sector while enjoying valuable face-to-face time with employers.
Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA’s (CME) latest economic analysis reveals the sector tipped $1.36 billion into the South West region during the 2020-21 financial year.
Employing more than 5400 resource workers from the South West, most of those earnings were spent locally with $840 million in wages filtering back into the region.
Hosted by the Resources Industry Training Council and supported by the CME the jobs blitz will feature representatives from companies such as Talison Lithium, Rio Tinto, Byrnecut and Fenner
It will also feature representatives from Boart Longyear, Murray Engineering, Bunbury Drilling Company, Welldrill, DDH1, Australian Drilling Industry Association, Foraco, and Cleanaway.
RITC manager Amanda Hamilton said everyone was welcome at the jobs showcase which would have a particular emphasis on making applications as simple as possible.
“The jobs showcase will be a chance for the community to discover how a job in mining can fit in with a rural lifestyle,” she said.
“There is drive-in, drive-out opportunities in the South West as well as fly-in, fly-out opportunities to elsewhere in the state from Busselton and Perth.
“I encourage people to make the most of the event by coming along, enjoying a free sausage sizzle, and talking to recruiters from some of WA’s biggest companies.”
CME director policy and advocacy Rob Carruthers said there was a large diversity of jobs across the mining industry ranging from entry-level to post-graduate positions.
“Securing a job in the thriving resources sector is achievable for many and the diverse opportunities for career progression are great,” he said.
“There is a lot of exciting future-facing mining and resources activity going on across WA, particularly in the South West with the focus on critical minerals exploration and development and the role
these commodities will play in technology and low emission energy applications.”
The showcase will run at Bridgetown Main Hall from 2pm-6pm on April 28, Manjimup Country Club from 2pm-6pm on April 29, and Nannup Recreation and Community Centre from 9am-12pm on April 30.