Training & development

Training & development

Training & development

We offer professional development and training opportunities to employees and selected individuals are offered places on specialised development programmes.

Study assistance is also available for approved employees and includes payment of accredited course fees and associated expenses. Many of our in-house training programmes contribute to recognised and transferable external credentials. Find out more.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

Dampier Salt is committed to apprenticeship opportunities in our operating locations. Our apprentice and traineeships training is managed and supervised by dedicated and experienced training officers.

We offer trade apprenticeships, including:

  • mechanical fitting
  • metal fabrication
  • electrical

To be considered for an apprenticeship, applicants must be motivated, enthusiastic and have a demonstrated interest in their chosen field. It is also necessary to have secondary-education passing grades as well as meeting necessary fitness requirements.

Apprenticeships are advertised each year. Candidates should apply through Rio Tinto careers section

Trainee employment

In addition to apprentice training, we offer a traineeship programme for mobile plant operators. These traineeships are offered over a two-year term.

Applicants for trainee positions should have:

  • a demonstrated interest in a mining career
  • enthusiasm and motivation to succeed
  • acceptable levels of competence in literacy and numeracy, typically a completed secondary education with good marks or equivalent, or be able to pass an extensive literacy and numeracy test

Trainee positions are advertised each year. We strongly encourage applications from indigenous members of our local communities.

Work experience programme

We support secondary school students interested in careers in the resources industry with a
two-week school work experience programme and school-based trainees who spend two days a week in the workplace as part of an ongoing programme. Interested students located in communities near to Dampier Salt operations are encouraged to approach their school about the programme.

Indigenous employment

We want local communities to share in the benefits that come from our operations. Providing local jobs is one important way Dampier Salt can make a positive contribution.

We strongly support indigenous employment and have two programmes in place that offer pre-employment opportunities for Aboriginal people:

Indigenous rotation programme

Dampier Salt is pleased to be a part of the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Dampier Rotation Programme. The programme provides an opportunity for Aboriginal people with limited work history, skills and experience to enter the mining industry. Over 12 months trainees are exposed to various roles and career paths in the areas of port, rail, utilities, salt production, marine and various on-site services. A placement on the programme increases the chance of permanent employment.

Polly Farmer Foundation

A programme based in Carnarvon, provides intensive educational support and mentoring for Aboriginal secondary school students, delivered in partnership with government education departments and Woodside, through the Polly Farmer Foundation.