Several Moranbah-based apprentices have graduated from the Mining Industry Skills Centre’s Work Readiness Program, which provides first-year apprentices from BMA’s Broadmeadow and Peak Downs Mines with an accelerated pathway into the resources sector.
The Work Readiness Program pilot commenced on April 11th and following finalisation interviews with each individual on Monday April 14th, the apprentices were presented with certificates of completion at a graduation ceremony at the Coalfields Training Skills Centre.
The Mining Industry Skills Centre’s CEO Derek Hunter said that the Work Readiness Program was developed in response to industry’s request for a robust entry-level course for inexperienced, non-industry employees and plays an important role in skilling the younger generation of Australians.
“Following research conducted through one of our key projects, the Mining Industry Skills Strategy, we identified there was a significant gap in assisting school leavers and inexperienced personnel to enter the resources sector,” he said.
“The Work Readiness Program is comprised of a number of competencies that involve classroom-based training, on-site training and assessment, and can include a range of simulation-based training, making it easier for those people who are new to the industry to join the workforce. By providing these skilling opportunities, the program helps address significant skilling challenges currently facing the resources industry.”
The trainees completed 23 on-site activities aimed at demonstrating how to access, interpret and apply site knowledge and skills received throughout the course.
BMA Peak Downs Mine senior training advisor Kym Frost said that statistically, the high risk employees to the resources industry are the new starters and apprentices who come straight from school.
“The program helps them identify why systems and procedures must be in place and makes them aware of the risks and hazards that they will be facing.
“Not only have these apprentices gained a great deal of understanding and experience through participating in the program, they have had a lot of exposure to our underpinning principles especially when they had to prepare and conduct ‘toolbox talks’ on key safety elements,” Frost said.
“There is a noticeable difference between the on-site performance of these graduates when compared to those who enter the industry through the more traditional methods.”
“We are really satisfied with the structure and operation of the Program and we have a further seven apprentices who will be participating in the next pilot,” Frost said.
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