BSL’s apprenticeship program has seen a number of unskilled workers provided with skills and qualifications to work in the smelting industry.

BSL prides itself on providing excellent training in a dynamic environment where apprentices are mentored as they work, allowing them to gain a variety of skills and progress into sought after, highly experienced tradespeople.

We have a long standing history of providing numerous apprenticeships, mostly to school leavers looking to start their trade careers.  BSL generally employs apprentices in the trades of mechanical, electrical, and diesel fitting.

Since 2012, BSL has taken the opportunity to extend the apprenticeship program to upskill our current operator workforce and employed over 20 adult apprentices. Electrical, mechanical and diesel fitting apprenticeships were provided to existing BSL employees who wished to build on their operations experience by gaining a trade.



Applications for apprenticeships with BSL will be open from June 12 2019 to June 30 2019.

Apprenticeship roles for the trades of Mechanical, Electrical, and Diesel Fitting along with Boilermaking.


We can only accept online applications for the Apprenticeship program.

Please visit the Rio Tinto's careers page: and click on Graduates & students and search 'Gladstone apprenticeship'.


We are seeking quality applicants from areas between Yeppoon and Bundaberg.

Applicants will need to submit electronic copies of:

•  Resume (up to date)

•  Most recent school results

Pre-requisites for application

  • QCE (recent or currently completing)
  • Maths and English grade of ‘C’ or higher.
  • For electrical trades achievement of 'C’ in Maths B.



BSL apprentices top in Australia

We are very proud of the four BSL apprentices who were ranked best in the nation amongst their peers by winning gold at the Australian WorldSkills vocational training competition. Well done to Chris Walker in 2008, Brandon Gillett in 2012, Mika Leuci in 2016 and Dylan Bell in 2018, all of whom have gone on to compete or have placement opportunities internationally.