Bunbury South West Regional College of TAFE in Western Australia is engaging the local Indigenous community in an e-learning project that aims to make all participants ready for a career in the mining industry.
These students are mainly from the Perth and south west WA area. The idea is to give them the skills to be job ready for the mines, but also to increase the number of Indigenous people working in the industry.
The online resources have already been created by the Drilling, Mining, Quarrying and Civil Construction Industry Skills Council (Skills DMC) and will assist students studying for the Certificate I in Resource and Infrastructure Operations.
Students access the course via facilities at the Perth Employment, Education Development Aboriginal Corporation (PEEDAC).
Once the theory is complete, students can complete work placement through mining contractor NRW Holdings Limited, equipping them with the skills and experience needed for a job in the mines and/or to carry on with Certificates II and III.
As a small registered training organisation, Bunbury South West Regional College of TAFE doesn’t have the resources to run this course face-to-face. By going online, it opens up real job prospects to local Indigenous people, who would not have been able to access face-to-face training.
Currently, four core and one elective units of the Certificate I in Resources and Infrastructure are available online through Skills DMC. The project is trialling five additional online units with school students who live close to the mines, new employees and contractors, to deliver the complete qualification.
Students work through video, interactive quizzes, tasks and online assessments to complete the units.
The online units are reinforced by work placements through Northparkes Mines, giving students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and validate what they have learnt.
The project aims to make the new online units available for whole-of-industry use. The units will comprise multimedia resources, tasks and assessments, adding to the existing units already available through the Skills DMC learning management system.
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