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moving abroad to work would i be welcome!!!!

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by volvobl, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Hendrik

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    OK just to clarify my earlier statement, what I mean by skilled is someone who takes years to learn his/her trade in a university or an apprenticeship and yes specialist operators would fall under that classification, whereas my definition of semi-skilled is a job that takes a couple of months to learn how to do effectively. I don't think you need to go to university to learn how drive a dumpy, loader or face shovel.
    I don't think we have mine engineers falling out of the sky, perhaps in the UK where there is a lack of big open cut mines?
    Anyway I have no sympathy for the mining companies who are complaining about a lack of suitable workers, far as I know they have done very little in the way of establishing facilities to train the required trades.
    Ahh well if things don't pick up much around here I might have to look at working in a pit.
     
  2. rare ss

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    In WA there is a huge skills shortage mainly due the the government privatising the transport industries, WAGR (railways) used to not only employ 4000 odd tradespeople but used to train alot of quaility apprentices every year, not just mechanics but draftsmen engineers and most other trades out there too
    these days bigger sizes companies are training apprentices but use this to their advantage as cheaper labour, ratios of apprentice to tradesmen are about 70% 30% which would be unheard of 10 years ago
    as for the mines i tend to agree with you but when you have plans to double you workforce you cant simply train more people, you'd struggle to maintain your current size
     
  3. Hendrik

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    Not just WA, right across the country, they are talking shortages in the 10's of thousands.
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/bus...increasing-costs/story-e6frg90x-1225981616958
    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/...stralian-workers/story-e6frea83-1225984693661
    http://www.theajmonline.com.au/mini...11/federal-policy-for-resource-skill-shortage
    http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/news/New-training-department-in-WA
     
  4. rare ss

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    yeh, no doubt there would be i can only speak for over here though.. there's alot of people FIFO to the pilbara from all over WA and even NZ which would be hurting other states no end
     
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    The oil/gas industry in America will take laborers,operators and truck drivers. As many as possible and as soon as possible.
     
  6. Zeke

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    ...I'm in S.W. Ontario, & I know of a couple of companies that are looking for good operators for excavators & dump trucks...weather is a little different than BC...that's for sure...
     
  7. volvobl

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    is there lots of work out there
     
  8. Zeke

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    There seems to be a fair amount...winter hasn't really left yet so not everyone is in full swing yet.A lot of quoting going on for jobs...
     
  9. volvobl

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    how much snow you got left out there hopefully going on holiday out there soon to have a look around probably see a few companies and take it from there
     
  10. Zeke

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    Not a lot(hardly any) of snow...just don't have the temperatures that are expected for this time of year yet.Still getting snow squalls.Today 6c...tomorrow 19c...Sunday 7c.Up & down like a toilet seat!It's s'pose to be about 12-14ish.Did you have the BL70 or 71?
     
  11. volvobl

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    its a bl71 can you get a bl71 in canada or just a bl70 the difference what i can see is that the 71 has got sideshift funny thing with the weather here in wales uk its really nice and has been for about a month but no doubt our summer months will be crap
     
  12. Zeke

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    No...just the Bl70.The sideshift & vertical stabilizers seem to be the diff...don't know about the HP.Are you just a BH loader operator or also comfortable in an excavator?
     
  13. volvobl

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    im an excavator operator too and i own a volvo ec55b and also a ec35 operated many 13-30 ton excavators i was bought up on a jcb 3cx as we call them here or i think 1550b as what its called with you and then started out on mini excavators i do like a good 4 -8 ton excavator. I will operate backhoe no probs i really like my volvo bl71 but given a choice i like the volvo ec140
     
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