So, what is snatch-it season? It is a term used in the Western Australia Hardrock underground mining industry. Describing the period of time leading up to the Xmas/New Year holidays. In the past when there was a lot of work around, people would quit (snatch-it) their jobs in mid-December. Then start looking for a job in mid-January when their money started to run low. While other issues often play a big role in a people snatching-it, having to work the coming holidays is often the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
With all Australian mines running 24/7, 365 days a year including Xmas and New Years. If several crew members snatch-it at once, this can often lead to a domino effect as management start cancelling peoples leave. To cover for the missing crew (I know you are asking yourself, would management really cancel leave, YES!). I have been in the unlucky position of having my leave cancelled and having to keep my job. I watched 5 members of my crew all decide that they had had enough. All snatching it with in 12hours of each other. I can see the same thing happening this year with all the jobs around (just type “underground” into seek) and a real lack of experienced people.
This is the best time of year for a new starter to get their start. Now in the lead up to Xmas through to the end of January, employers are desperate to fill their crews. Like I have said before (in videos and blogs), all the employers want experienced people, but when they can’t get them. The employers will take the next best thing. Someone that knows how their mine works and what is going to be expected of them on site. This is where Underground Training students come in. Having been trained in how a Hardrock mine works and the jobs/tasks performed, they are able to offer the employer a great option if an experienced person can’t be found.
If you want to take advantage of this years snatch-it season, then I suggest you look at the W1N W1N package. It teaches you everything the entry-level jobs that the employers are advertising for. It covers the Nipper, Truck Operator, Offsider, Agi driver or member of Service Crew/Paste Crew jobs. These are the entry level jobs on a Hardrock Underground Gold, Nickel, Copper, Silver, Zinc or Base Metals mines around the country. You can see all the jobs on seek if you type “underground” in and give it a spin.
There is 50 hours of important information that you can learn for yourself in the DIY Introduction to Underground mining package linked below. It will not only make it much easier to get a start but it will ensure you have all the information and tools you need to make a career out of it. If you don’t want to become a statistic, then education is key
“Workready” includes the 4 online Underground Training courses, the Australian mining seminar, a full resume review/redo with training and interview prep. Having access to someone with so much experience within the industry to prep you, is a huge advantage in getting your start.