Prospect Awards Finalists 2014: Young Achiever of the Year

Finalists for this year’s Young Achiever of the Year award have been revealed.

Nathan Anderson

For continually striving to furtherer his career in the mining industry through qualifications, Nathan Anderson has been nominated for the Young Achiever of the Year Award.

After finishing school, Anderson completed an apprenticeship in Light Metal Fabrication and gained a fulltime tradesman role. While Anderson enjoyed his trade, he felt he needed a career change and gained a warehousing traineeship with HVTC and Centennial Coal's Myuna Colliery. 

Anderson is nearing the end of the Certificate 3 Warehousing Operations Traineeship which he commenced during 2013 and was so intent on forging a career in the field that he enrolled at TAFE and is also completed a Certificate 4 in Purchasing.

Anderson managed full time work, fatherhood and footy coaching as well as additional study to achieve his goals of forging a career within the mining industry.

He hopes to one day grow beyond the position of a store person and become a Purchasing Officer. 

Anderson has been named one of five finalists for Indigenous Trainee of the Year in the upcoming 2014 NSW & ACT Group Training Association (GTA) Awards. 

The young father and footy fanatic is also one of 21 group training apprentices and trainees from around Australia that was invited to attend a Today's Skills; Tomorrow's Leaders leadership program in Canberra.

The leadership program, an initiative of employer association Group Training Australia (GTA), aims to help young future leaders to maximise their leadership skills and career development. 

"I'd like to promote a positive image for Indigenous men in my community and inspire other young Koori and Murri men to strive for excellence in the workplace," Anderson said.

Tim Lightfoot – Safety MITS

Resigning from his job as a mechanic's apprentice paid off for Tim Lightfoot who went on to commercialise a world-first product and sold it into mine all over the world.

The product is called TED or track elevating device, and it is a remote-controlled all-terrain belly plate Jack.

It was the brainchild of Lightfoot's business partner Kevin Cant while working on a Rio Tinto mine. 

TED has been designed to remove belly plates and undercarriage components with more efficiency and safety than ever before.

"It does not matter if your machine is inside the workshop or broken down at the bottom of the pit TED can take it," Lightfoot said. 

The wireless Remote control allows personnel to work from a safe distance when removing heavy and awkward components. 

"By doing this you have removed the human element from underneath the equipment during critical lift tasks. 

"TED will not only save lives but substantial amount of time and money, by allowing maintenance to be carried out in the field or workshop more efficiently."

Since the product's launch two years ago at AIMEX, more than 20 units have been sold to various companies including Thiess, Glencore, Rio Tinto, Anglo-American and Komatsu.

Lightfoot has even travelled to the US and South America to meet with clients and set up a US office which will distribute TED throughout the country.

"Our product is one-of-a-kind and is saving lives everyday," Lightfoot said. 

Kym Clark – She's Empowered

An ex-coalmine accountant for BHP Billiton, Kym Clark saw there was a gap in the market for women's workwear and set about ensuring women could be comfortable in PPE.

The line, called Kym by She's Empowered, provides hi-vis everyday safety workwear and maternity uniforms for the growing number of women in the mining and resources industry.

Clark said she couldn't believe that there were no maternity options for women in the resources sector, and with a flair for fashion and a drive to empower women in typically male dominated industries, she set about making a positive change for women.

Since the arrival of first stock last November numerous companies including BHP Billiton, Glencore, Anglo American and One Steel have demonstrated their support towards the innovative workwear label. 

Anglo American's Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Rebecca Capper, said Anglo American was excited to be the first global mining company to source personal protective apparel through She's Empowered.

After experiencing such a positive response to the initial She's Empowered designs Kym recently added two new designs to the collection – work trousers and a new women's cut hi-vis top.

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