NSW mining offers rewarding careers for a whole range of people in high-skilled jobs in mining regions, rural locations and metropolitan areas. That’s because it takes a lot of people in a lot of different jobs to keep our NSW mines working.
There are more than 40,000 people working in mining jobs across NSW. And there are thousands more working in businesses that supply, support, and benefit from our industry. From chemical engineers and drone pilots to software engineers and lab technicians. Environmental scientists and business analysts to mining engineers, transport operators and safety professionals. These are the high-value roles that are vital to a strong mining industry in NSW and the economic benefits mining creates.
The NSW mining industry is an attractive option for young people and job seekers at all stages of their careers. The sector offers highly skilled professional and trade roles, providing education and training opportunities in well-paid, safe and secure occupations.
Our industry has an average weekly national income of over $2,600 according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Learn about the variety of roles you could pursue in the NSW Mining industry, including pathways and qualifications you need to find your dream career.
Whether you're just starting out, or looking to change careers later in life, we've put together information to help you take the next step in your NSW mining career. Read on for further information, and contact us email@example.com if you need anything extra.
PRIME (Pathways to Resource Industry & Mining Engineering) Program for students in Years 9 & 10
We're proud to be working with RDA Hunter - which has a strong reputation for implementing industry-skilling and workforce development initiatives - to increase awareness of the NSW mining and minerals industry and career opportunities available to young people.
Watch below to hear from three presenters at the PRIME launch discussing their respective pathways into a mining career.
This collaboration will offer Year 9 and 10 students in the Hunter, Central West and North West regions of NSW the opportunity to experience a working mine site through state of the art virtual reality technology. In a dynamic and interactive 2 hour workshop with supplementary digital resources, students can explore the STEM learning opportunities and careers offered by NSW Mining.
For more information about how your school can participate in PRIME, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mining Careers Dinners
We host free events each year for students in years 10, 11 and 12, along with a parent, and their careers adviser, to learn about the variety of mining careers available and the educational pathways to those roles.
Attendees will hear directly from people working in our industry, as well as from a range of education and training providers. Recent graduates, tradespeople, university students and apprentices all talk about what it's like to work in the NSW mining industry and answer questions from the attending students, parents and teachers.
Our FREE careers dinners are a great way to get a taste of the NSW minerals and resources industry.
2023 NSW Mining Careers Dinners - Registrations open on March 6th at www.nswminingcareers.com.au
NSW Minerals Council is committed to providing objective and current career and education resources to careers advisers. We know that industry-relevant information is vital to ensuring that students make informed choices at key transition points along the school to work pathway.
Check back regularly to stay in touch with the latest resources from this dynamic and future-focussed industry.
Make Your Career in Mining (MCA Australia)
Pathway to Mining Engineering Infographic (myFuture)
The Future of Work in Mining (Deloitte)
NSW Minerals Council is committed to supporting Earth Science education in Australian schools and universities. Geologists and Environmental Scientists make a significant contribution to the mining and minerals industry and this demand is expected to continue.
High-quality, job-ready graduates find interesting and highly paid local, national and international careers in an industry that continues to make significant contributions to local communities and economies.
Article: Australia badly needs earth science skills, but universities are cutting the supply (The Conversation 26/07/2021)
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Australia and NSW are facing a critical shortage of graduate mining engineers. Current undergraduate enrolment levels must increase in order to ensure a supply of quality graduates into the industry.
According to CSG Talent, the growing demand for qualified mining engineering graduates has led to increased salaries, the introduction of sign-on bonuses, and a promise of increases in responsibility and career progression.
Students considering a degree in Engineering are encouraged to look closely at the present and future opportunities for a well-paid, secure and future-focused career in the NSW mining industry.[close] [Read More]
University students studying mining-related degrees have access to a wide range of high-value scholarships. Application deadlines and eligibility criteria vary, so it's important to check university and company websites regularly.
School leavers who have experienced educational or socio-economic disadvantage are eligible to apply for Equity Scholarships through the University Admissions Centre (UAC). It is important to do this when you lodge your university application.
Check out the scholarships available for mining-related courses at the university websites listed below. To narrow your search, use the keyword "mining".
Mining Company Scholarships
Many mining companies offer generous scholarships to students who live in the local community, who show an aptitude for their studies, and who express a keen interest in a career in the minerals and resources sector.
Check back here regularly for scholarships that you might be eligible to apply for.
The Bloomfield Group offers one scholarship to a student studying Engineering at the University of Newcastle, who is interested in having a career in the coal mining and/or engineering industries.
Bengalla Mining Company offers undergraduate scholarships valued at $5000 to students from Muswellbrook High School, Scone High School, St Joseph’s Aberdeen and Scone Grammar School. For more information please contact email@example.com.
Glencore offers a number of scholarships to students studying mining-related courses at Australian universities. Search 'Glencore' on the university websites above.
Yancoal Cadetship Program Yancoal's Cadetship Program is for current Year 12 high school students and recent high school graduates wanting to begin their university studies in mining engineering and to develop a career in mining. The program provides financial support, mentoring and valuable 'hands on' experience at Yancoal mine sites. Applications close in August each year.
Northparkes Sumitomo Metals Mining Oceania Scholarships for students residing in Central Western NSW. Applications are currently closed.
Industry Association Scholarships
AusIMM Education Endowment Fund Each year the EEF provides a number of successful scholarship applicants with financial support and exemplary professional development opportunities to enable them to complete their studies and embark on a successful career in the mining industry. Applications close in September each year.
NSW Minerals Industry Scholarships This scholarship has been established to support a student commencing a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining) at UNSW.[close] [Read More]
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Trades and traineeships are a good way for young people to enter the industry, gaining a qualification while obtaining hands-on experience.
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