Rio Tinto apprentice takes top award

Rio Tinto Coal and Allied can have faith in the quality of their apprenticeship program after one of their Mount Thorley Warkworth employees was recognised for outstanding achievement by training provider SKILLED.

Simone Marskell won the SKILLED 2014 Apprentice of the Year Award, having completed her apprenticeship in Electrotechnology (Cert 3) last year and successfully secured a full time role at the Mount Thorley Warkworth open cut coal mine.

The newly qualified Rio Tinto employee was recognised for her achievements in safety leadership, teamwork, high performance and community values.

On accepting the honour this week, Marskell said she overwhelmed to have won such a prestigious award.

“I’m grateful that SKILLED and Coal & Allied’s apprenticeship programme gave me the technical knowledge and practical experience to help me secure a job at Mount Thorley Warkworth,” she said.

In March Mount Thorley Warkworth received approvals which extend the life of the mine by 30 years, securing jobs for 1300 employees and contractors.

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