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BHP launches 'School of Rock' to develop workforce of the future



Global mining giant BHP has this week launched its Underground School of Excellence at its Olympic Dam site near Adelaide, South Australia. The ‘School of Rock’ will consist of a five-week program of theory and practical training to create new job opportunities for people without prior experience in mining.
BHP's School of Rock is based at its Olympic Dam site in South Australia.
(BHP’s School of Rock is based at its Olympic Dam site in South Australia. Image via BHP).

BHP hopes that the new program will equip new starters with the skills, language and confidence needed to make a safe and productive start to a mining career. The School of Rock program also incorporates modules on BHP’s history, company purpose, working culture, and mental health.

Commenting on the official launch of the training program, Olympic Dam Asset President Laura Tyler said:

“The School of Rock is an example of BHP playing its part in building South Australia’s skills base and providing new opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to join our team. It is also a fantastic example of putting people first; of collaboration, ingenuity and innovation that puts people and their wellbeing at the centre of what we do.”

These comments were mirrored by South Australian Premier Steve Marshall MP who said:

“BHP’s commitment to expanding the pool of workers that mining operations in South Australia can draw upon dovetails neatly with the State Government’s investment in 20,000 new work-based apprenticeships and traineeships. The School of Rock helps deliver on a responsibility employers and governments share to ensure we are training the next generation of employees for jobs of the future.”

The official launch of the School of Rock follows a six-month pilot of the program which saw 87 people from baristas to school teachers to barbers pass through the school, with positive results. The injury rate for new starters has been significantly lower than the mine average and retention rates have also increased.

BHP is currently one of South Australia’s largest employers, with approximately 4,000 staff. The company is now focused on expanding its operations in the region and has already welcomed 360 new starters so far in 2019.

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