Kalbar Conversations Column

Career diversity in mining

   Tuesday 31st August, 2021

Is chemistry or science your thing?

Does big data give you a buzz?

Are you in to robotics, or biology? What about drone piloting, or tackling climate change? Human resources, engineering, management or accounting?

You may be surprised to know that this wide range of roles and skill sets make up the diversity of career opportunities that are available in the mining industry. The Fingerboards mineral sands project will equally need a very diverse range of skill sets throughout the front-end engineering and design phase of project development, mine site construction, operations, and site rehabilitation and monitoring.

For those of you with an interest in statistics, you may be surprised to learn that Australia’s mining industry has increased the sector by an extra 40,000 jobs during the past five years. In the next two years, 5,000 new apprenticeship opportunities will become available - these are critical to the industry.

Around 256,000 people are already directly employed in the Australian mining industry. When we add the mining equipment, technology and engineering services (METS) sector that supports mining, around one in every ten Australian jobs are in mining or related industries. Victoria employs more than 88,000 workers in the mining sector.

More than 100 different career opportunities are offered across the mining industry – these exist not just on mine sites, but also in high-tech remote mining centres, in science and computer laboratories – or any mix of locations. Kalbar Operations currently has three different work sites supporting the Fingerboards project, and our fields of expertise across our work sites are diverse. Our skills encompass geology, metallurgy, environmental science, ecological restoration, social impact, engineering, government regulation, project management, field and laboratory technicians, accounting, mine planning, occupational health and safety, product marketing, community and indigenous engagement, information technology, administration, and more.

The last week of August was National Skills Week. The Minerals Council of Australia announced that mining companies across the country are facing skills shortages in the years ahead. Demand for Australia’s minerals and metals, and the highly-skilled employees needed to help meet that demand, will continue to grow.

These are stable, high-paying and mostly permanent jobs in both the regions and cities of Australia. Kalbar Operations is committed to building the East Gippsland economy by enhancing the skills base of the region through diverse and rewarding jobs that the Fingerboards mineral sands project will offer.

Vesna Rendulic - Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Specialist