Sisters in Mining

A program that offers Indigenous women a traineeship to become haul truck drivers has reached its tenth year, helping dozens of Indigenous women gain skills and employment in the mining sector.

The Sisters in Mining program is run by Thiess as part of its reconciliation commitment to ensuring the economic benefits of mining contribute to, and empower, the culture and social aspirations of Indigenous peoples through the creation of long-term employment opportunities.  

The program begins with a seven-day, pre-employment program to kick start their career in the mining industry. 

Building on participants’ prior experience and their preferred learning style, the 12-month program integrates on the job coaching, training in haul truck simulators, as well as structured learning through a vocational education and training (VET) course in Surface Extraction Operations. 

Studies undertaken during the traineeship contribute to a nationally recognised qualification in Surface Extraction Operations. 

Following successful completion of the program, most women take up permanent full-time positions as haul truck operators. 

In addition to the career-enhancing technical competencies acquired, participants receive important life-skills training and mentoring throughout the traineeship.  

Now in its tenth year, the program has been rolled out across central Queensland projects including Curragh North, Lake Vermont, Caval Ridge and Peak Downs. 

The program has supported 75 women through to successful completion, with around 90 per cent of those women being offered employment at Thiess. 

In 2022, Thiess’ Lake Vermont team hosted 12 new trainees during the induction program and offered six of them full-time employment across its projects following the program.

The program is seen as pivotal to increasing the number of women in a traditionally male-dominated mining and resources industry.  

Program partner, the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DSDSATSIP) sees the lasting value the Sisters in Mining program brings. 

Program Manager for Rockhampton Central Queensland Region for DSDSATSIP, David Thompson, said the program enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to succeed and thrive.  

“Beyond creating resource sector jobs, it empowers women to pursue aspirations in work and beyond, as role models and community leaders,” Mr Thompson said.

“We are proud to play a part in connecting Queenslanders with life changing opportunities.”

Through sustainable employment, Sisters in Mining transforms lives and communities and brings valued team members and real benefits to our business.

2 Comments
  1. Suzanne campbell 1 year ago

    Hi my name is Suzanne Campbell, I’ve been trying to get a traineeship for haul dump trucks, I already have my ticket but no luck with a job… I’m from dunghutti mob…I don’t mind travelling Australia for work, I’m located in Queenslands/Widgee, I would appreciate all your help with a job please.

  2. Margaret 1 year ago

    Hi there!
    I am a Proud Gamilaraay women from Melbourne seeking an Opportunity within the mining Industry looking for a new lease on life. . I’m available for immediate start I have various tickets including my moxy. I am willing to take in any training involved. I am driven and big on safety policies and Procedures. If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact me on 0438196879 anytime thank you for your consideration you won’t be disappointed! I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Kind Regards
    Margaret

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