Bonnie Anderson

    VET careers
    If you have a sense of adventure and enjoy doing technical work, an apprenticeship in mining and resources could be for you.

    Bonnie works as a fully qualified electrician with the Fixed Plant Maintenance team at Mount Isa Mines

    Glencore’s Queensland Metals business operates copper and zinc sites across Mount Isa, Cloncurry and Townsville, providing work for 4790 people. Their metals apprenticeship program has 169 apprentices, with 25 of them on track to complete dual trades.

    Shifting gears

    Bonnie Anderson had worked for four years in real estate but was “itching to get out from behind the desk to do something hands-on. Not many females go down the trade path but my dad has a dual trade and I have family who are tradespeople,” she says.

    After completing a Certificate III in Electrotechnology through TAFE Queensland North and Queensland Metal’s Mount Isa Mines, she now works as a fully qualified electrician with the Fixed Plant Maintenance team at Mount Isa Mines.

    “I intend to complete a dual trade in instrumentation and build on my competencies to be a more accomplished tradesperson,” she says.

    Bonnies study and career pathway

    This article is brought to you in partnership with The Minerals Council of Australia and originally appears in Careers with STEM: Apprenticeships & Traineeships 2021 – the flip cover to Careers with STEM: Engineering 2021.


    Astha Singh

    Author: Dr Astha Singh

    Astha is the Managing Editor at Refraction Media. She is a STEM Marketer and holds a Honors, Masters & PhD degree in Science. She has been producing STEM marketing content for over 10 years and is an avid advocate of Diversity in the STEM industry.


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