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With BHP being one of the more popular avenues for Edward John Eyre High School students to undertake apprenticeships or traineeships, Thursday's Apprenticeship Day focused on outlining the interview process and what life on the job is like.

Year 10, 11 and 12 students heard from MEGT Indigenous Apprenticeship Program Manager Debra Nooyen, BHP Specialist Apprentices Ross Vickers, MEGT Onsite Training Manager Steve Woodward and third-year apprentice Jeremy Oldfield.

Ms Nooyen discussed how students should approach the extensive interview process to secure an apprenticeship or traineeship.

"I find a lot of people who come to interviews aren't really prepared. In a lot of cases they don't receive the right information so we decided to have these information sessions to prepare students," she said.

"That way we make sure we employ the right people at Olympic Dam."

Ms Nooyen said the session was a good opportunity for Year 10 students to learn what subjects they should choose in Year 11 and 12 if they are hoping to secure an apprenticeship in a particular industry.

"With electrical for example, physics and maths are really important," she said.

BHP offer apprenticeships in electrical, heavy vehicle diesel mechanics, auto electrical, boilermakers, fitters and communication technicians.

Apprentices normally commence in February and July of each year with the positions being advertised approximately four months prior to the start date.

They participate in a six month training program at the Apprentice Training Facility working 12-hour days on a seven-off, seven-on basis.

Mr Oldfield has been working as a mature-age electrical apprentice with BHP at Olympic Dam for the past three years and says he 'loves his work'.

"I'm enjoying maintenance work because you have to think about your job," he said.

Mr Oldfield spoke to a number of aspiring electrical apprentices on the day, saying it was important to pass on information to the next generation.

"This is a big foot in the door for students, they can see what opportunities are available for them, especially with a big project like Olympic Dam being only a couple of hours away from here," he said.

Year 12 student Jake Hickey, who is hoping to secure an apprenticeship as a heavy diesel mechanic, said the information session gave him good insight into what it's like to work at Olympic Dam.

"You got to learn about what you'll actually be doing, it's really helpful to have some people who are in the job come in and talk about their experience," he said.

"My dad is a fitter and he bought me my first car and I've been doing some work on that...I'm really into motors and that kind of thing."