South Australia’s PEER partners with BHP on training and apprenticeships for Olympic Dam

September 2020 quarter National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) data released last week shows South Australia was the only state or territory to increase the number of apprentices and trainees in-training, with a 7.8% increase, compared to the previous year. Trade occupation commencements in South Australia also increased by 2.5%, the only increase in the nation. Adelaide-based training company PEER says it has witnessed first-hand the increase in apprentice and trainee commencements, including the recent sign-up of the first Certificate III in Business Trainee for BHP Olympic Dam. PEER is now partnering with mining major BHP, which last year announced a commitment to offer 3,500 new Australian apprenticeship and training positions.

“Highly regarded for delivering leading training solutions, PEER has a profound history of delivering national accredited training. With its PEER Academy model, PEER ensure apprentices and trainees are trained, mentored, coached and supported both as professionals and as individuals. PEER CEO Peter Nolan says it’s an exciting time for PEER as demand for its quality training solutions continues to grow: “PEER is partnering with BHP to provide a customised workforce solution through traineeships and apprenticeships. It is a great achievement for PEER to be recognised by the largest company in Australia as leading in traineeships and apprenticeships. Already we are growing this relationship and exploring new opportunities that will benefit BHP and South Australian workers.”

BHP Olympic Dam Asset President Jennifer Purdie said: “We are committed to providing apprenticeships, skills and training opportunities for South Australians of all ages and all walks of life, particularly in our regional communities. We want to establish pathways into our company and industry for people who may not have previously considered a career in mining. Investing in sustainable entry level positions creates a pipeline of future talent in highly skilled roles, in an industry that delivers essential products and keeps the South Australian economy strong.”

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said: “An apprenticeship gives you a great opportunity to learn real skills in the workplace, earn a nationally-recognised qualification and be paid a wage while you learn. With the Australian and South Australian Governments providing significant skills and training incentives, including a 50% wage subsidy up to $28,000 for 12 months for eligible employers, there has never been a better time to take up an apprenticeship or traineeship.”

Located 560 km north of Adelaide, Olympic Dam is one of the world’s most significant deposits of copper, gold, silver and uranium. Olympic Dam is made up of underground and surface operations and operates a fully integrated processing facility from ore to metal.