Rio Tinto’s iron ore business in Western Australia is continuing to recruit for skilled roles, apprentices, graduates and Aboriginal trainees to fill vacancies as the company progresses its development plans in the Pilbara. There are more than 300 jobs currently available, including skilled operational and maintenance roles such as frontline supervisors, experienced operators of excavators, haul trucks and graders as well as experienced maintenance staff such as heavy diesel fitters. The roles are a mix of fly-in fly-out from Perth and the company’s regional hubs in Western Australia as well as residential positions in Perth and the Pilbara.

Rio Tinto is maintaining its commitment to the development of skills for the future through the hiring of around 160 apprentices, graduates and Aboriginal trainees from the Pilbara, Perth and other regional centers. The 2020 intake of apprentices and graduates is up 25% from last year with gender diversity also significantly increased.

On top of this recruitment effort, the company’s medical provider for COVID-19 screening at Perth Airport has recently hired more than 100 staff including out of work nurses.

“Throughout this challenging period, we are committed to keeping our people and our communities safe and supporting Western Australians with employment opportunities to help deliver on our plan to invest A$10 billion in the Pilbara over the next three years,” Rio Tinto Iron Ore Chief Executive Chris Salisbury said. “This will help ensure we can continue to operate while making a strong contribution to the State and national economies.”

In addition to direct employment opportunities at Rio Tinto, the company said it remains committed to skills development for current and future workers in the resources industry.