Roy Hill chief executive Barry Fitzgerald has reportedly said the iron ore miner is looking to hire between 500 and 600 new staff over the next 18 months as it ramps up production at its new Pilbara mine, rail and port operation.
Fitzgerald reportedly told the West Australian the miner was still recruiting.
“The state of play for us is that we commenced in the north of our deposit, where the ore is closer to the surface,” he was quoted as saying.
“As we ramp up production to the 55 million tonnes a year we will move further into the ore body and the strip ratio will increase and we will need to move more tonnes.”
Fitzgerald’s comments came shortly after Roy Hill formally opened its learning centre in Perth.
Hancock Prospecting and Roy Hill Chairman Gina Rinehart said the centre would help students learn more about the Roy Hill operation, and to consider the “wide range of careers open to them”.
“I hope to interest students to take up the study of engineering, geology, mathematics, science and technology, which are key to Australia’s future development. Students will participate in learning experiences as an introduction to key aspects of the mining industry, including automation, robotics, technology and innovation,” Rinehart said.