The highly structured campaign, thought to be the most
targeted ever in the industry, is intended to identify and provide opportunity for
highly capable technicians who want to
be part of the machinery sector and take advantage of global opportunities in
It is being conducted in regional areas to overcome
industry negatives of family dislocation and concerns about job longevity which
are traditionally associated with FIFO operations.
Suitably qualified recruits are being offered careers
close to their homes in a purposeful drive to achieve a satisfying work-life
The campaign comes on the back of a rapid upturn in
construction, utilities and mining after a period in which the industry had
been left with a skills shortage, especially amongst the next generation of
Komatsu has identified related industries such as the
military, marine and aeronautic sectors as well as the passenger vehicle, and
light and heavy commercial vehicle markets as catchment areas for potential
We intend to create a truly inclusive and diverse
workforce which will collectively work towards creating new and innovative
ideas that’s sustains our Komatsu into the future. We know our industry needs
to be more receptive of this and in particular increasing our female workforce
is a key part of our diversity and business growth strategy.
The company runs an in-house Training Academy spanning
a multitude of applications, including new high technology machinery and
Its GPS based Komtrax system, SMARTCONSTRUCTION programs
and aspects of its Information Communications Technology (ICT) protocols have
achieved industry leading standards in technology- based solutions.
“The days of a machinery technicians being reliant on
a spanner and mechanical tools are passing us by for a more innovative
technology future,” Colin Shaw, Executive GM People and Strategy said.
“Mobile technology is the new tool of choice for trouble shooting diagnosis and improving
the productivity of our intelligent machines.”
Part of the recruitment drive is based on providing
applicants with upskilling opportunities which can turn jobs into life-long
careers, Shaw said.
“Skills gained in the Komatsu system are valued in the
open market and are transferable to other occupations, although it is our
intention not to lose people we’ve trained.”
According to Komatsu internal polling the company tests
highly as an employer of choice amongst its current employees and those seeking
“Family values and a culture of inclusion have become
a hallmark of Komatsu employment,“ Shaw said.
Initial recruits have been both successful and
Alex Henley-Baker, 25, a qualified jeweler has made a
complete career switch to become a first year Komatsu electrical apprentice.
“Electrical engineering has become the future of all industry,
“A Komatsu qualification allows me to go anywhere in
the world, most likely with the same company.”