Apprenticeships & traineeships

If you've just finished year 10, 11 or 12, you'll be thinking hard about where to go next. An apprenticeship offers on-the-job experience, mining training and formalised study all while getting paid to do it.

Our operations offer a variety of mining related apprenticeship programmes.

Apprenticeship opportunities in New South Wales

In New South Wales, up to 12 electrical and mechanical apprenticeships are made available each year to high school graduates and people who are committed to working in the trades industry. The four-year practical training programme is delivered in partnership with group training employer SKILLED.

Apprentices will get the opportunity to work at two of Rio Tinto Coal Australia's operations in the Hunter Valley - Mount Thorley Warkworth and Hunter Valley Operations - to gain on the job experience, as well as formalised training in their area of expertise, mining and safety.

The selection process begins in June each year and is advertised in local papers and in online recruitment services.

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Contract work and traineeship opportunities in New South Wales

Coal & Allied also offers haul truck traineeships through local labour suppliers. The Certificate II in Surface Coal Operations can be completed over 12 months and gives trainees valuable experience at Coal & Allied sites. Contact Coal & Allied on 02 6575 5800 for more information.