We’ve been asked whether we recommend any industry training courses to help candidates get mining jobs. I’m afraid we don’t.
As you can imagine, there are a lot of courses on offer. A Google search of “mining courses Australia” returns over nine million results. Most are expensive. There are even courses on offer that are completely pointless and are simply not going to lead to an opportunity.
How do you tell if a course is worthwhile? What is the likelihood of gaining a role in the industry upon completion? Here are some tips to find a course that will help land a mining job.
Ask the following questions:
-Is it affordable? Include in your budgeting any time where you won’t be earning an income while training, cost of any additional resources, and the course fee.
-Are there educational prerequisites for the course? Do you match them?
-If the course requires submission of assessments, assignments and evidence of research, do you need to improve these skills?
-How many attendees have secured a role upon completing the training? Ask the course provider for their post-course employment success numbers.
-Many course providers have endorsements from previous attendees. Use social media to try and find these people independently of the course provider. Contact them to ask for feedback. Or check these are actual people.
-Check online job boards for vacancy numbers to assess vacancy rates for the occupation.
-Check out Job Outlook to explore the future growth predictions for the particular career.
-Review job advertisements for prerequisites. There are occupations requiring a two- to three-month on-the-job training component before the qualification is achieved. Other training courses are lead-ins to apprenticeships. Within the mining industry, there are several roles requiring registration or licencing.
Where are the jobs located? If you are living in a city which is not a FIFO hub, is doing a dump truck training course in a quarry in Sydney going to lead to a role?
-Are they registered?
-What is the qualification received upon completion of the course? Check the qualification is nationally recognised. The Australian Skills Quality Authority is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational training and education sector. If the course is nationally recognised, it meets an established industry need and leads to an Australian Qualifications Framework qualification.
-Does the training use equipment currently in operation in the industry? We’ve heard of instances where dump truck training has been provided on a 777. These were common on most sites in the 1990s, but with production now a focus, most sites operate larger trucks.
-Who is the trainer? Are they industry experienced? What are their qualifications?
-What post-training support is available? There are providers who assist with networking, job search and introduction to industry.
The reality is the job market is competitive in any industry. The above are examples of the questions to ask but you also need to consider what else you want to know. Training might help you secure a position, but there are many people working in fields where their qualifications don’t align. Research the industry, learn as much as possible about the role, ask the above questions, then decide if the training course is the right one for you.
Find out about 11 entry level roles that are currently available in our recent VLOG!