FOR the second consecutive year, both a Sandvik Mining and Construction apprentice and a supervisor have picked up apprentice awards at South Australia’s Olympic Dam from specialist training company Career Employment Group (CEG).
Auto electrician Luke Higgins — who is now a fully qualified tradesman with Sandvik at Olympic Dam — was awarded Contractor Apprentice of the Year by CEG, while his supervisor, Dave Ward in the company’s mechanical workshop at the mine, was named CEG’s Contractor Supervisor of the Year.
CEG employs apprentices and trainees throughout South Australia, including key industrial centres such as Adelaide, Olympic Dam, Pt Lincoln, Whyalla, Pt Augusta, Pt Pirie and Mt Gambier.
At Olympic Dam, Sandvik hosts eight apprentices, the largest number of apprentices after BHP Billiton.
These include two in the electrical department, three in the machine shop, two in the mechanical department and one in the boiler shop.
CEG employs a total of 63 apprentices at Olympic Dam, with 32 of them hosted by BHP Billiton.
Higgins, who won his award as a fourth-year apprentice, is now a qualified auto electrician, working on light vehicles and mobile equipment for both Sandvik and its customers at Olympic Dam.
He completed the first three years of his apprenticeship with BHP Billiton, before transferring to Sandvik for his final year in March 2007 — and then opted to stay with the company.
His supervisor, Dave Ward, has been with Sandvik at Olympic Dam since October 2001.
This was the second year in a row that Sandvik apprentices and employees have won CEG awards.
In 2006, the CEG Contractor Supervisor of the Year Award went to Sandvik’s fabrication manager at Olympic Dam, Mark Christall, who’s been with Sandvik since June 1998, while the Contractor Apprentice of the Year Award was given to then third-year apprentice Anthony Kemp.
Kemp, who started with Sandvik in September 2004, is now in the fourth year of his apprenticeship with Sandvik.
Sandvik Mining and Construction’s HR manager, Matt Coogan, said that Sandvik’s winning of these apprenticeship awards two years running at Olympic Dam was evidence of the company’s commitment to training and employee development.
“We are committed to not only having a highly trained, skilled workforce, but also to being an employer of choice in the industries we service,” said Coogan.
“We are delighted to have some of the industry’s top apprentices working with us — and equally that our supervisory staff are being recognised for their work and mentoring with young people and trainees.
We’d like to express our congratulations to all these apprentices and supervisors for their outstanding achievements,” he said.
Sandvik Mining and Construction Australia