Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Mackay Trains Future Mining Workforce

Since its inception in 2020, the BHP FutureFit Academy (FFA) in Paget has welcomed over 400 apprentices and trainees which are now set to provide a boost to the mining workforce ahead of the next highly anticipated mining boom.

The program is facilitated by CQ University and operated in partnership with BHP.

Graduates are guaranteed roles within the company and deployed to the Operations Services teams, which provide maintenance and production support to BHP’s operations across Australia.

FFA has two academies, one based in Mackay and a second in Perth, Western Australia.

The program aims to train 2500 people over five years with an associated investment of $300 million.

Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, said that apprentices and trainees boost the pipeline of workers that are needed to ensure a strong economy.

“The apprentices and trainees at BHP’s FutureFit Academy are critical to meeting the high demand for workers as we lead into another mining boom,” Ms Landry said.  

“Locals in Central Queensland know CQUniversity offer the best higher education in regional Australia. For BHP to also recognise this is a true credit to the work of our local university.”

Vice President Operations Services, Matt Furrer couldn’t be prouder of what they’ve created with FFA.

“No one is investing in trades and training like we are,” he said.

“Operations Services is successfully providing opportunities for thousands of Australians to benefit from permanent, well-paid jobs and high value training and career development.

“It works for our 4000-strong team, it works for BHP, and the communities where we operate.”

Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry visits the BHP FutureFit Academy (FFA) in Paget. Photo supplied

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