Rio Tinto wins top skills award

National industry skills council, SkillsDMC, has awarded top honours to organisations and industry champions that look beyond the global financial crisis and commit to long-term workforce development.

National industry skills council, SkillsDMC, has awarded top honours to organisations and industry champions that look beyond the global financial crisis and commit to long-term workforce development.

The annual SkillsDMC Chairman’s Awards recognise individual and enterprise contributions to industry and assisting successful operation of performance-related staff development and training.

Winners include an overall company winner and individuals from each of the five industries represented by SkillsDMC; Coal, Metalliferous, Drilling, Quarrying and Civil Infrastructure.

“This year, the awards recognise those in the resources and infrastructure industry that are looking beyond the current global financial crisis to build skills capability and capacity for the future,” SkillsDMC Des Caulfield CEO said.

The 2009 company award went to Rio Tinto Iron Ore for its training and development initiatives with indigenous employees, critical senior roles and trades.

The industry ‘champions’ recognised in each sector were; Gabrielle Deschamps of Boral Construction Materials, Trevor Gosatti of Vortex Pipes, Greg Lane of the Queensland Resources Council, Tim O’Neill of Rio Tinto Alcan (Gove), and Craig Oldfield of Gorey & Cole Drillers.

The winners were announced at last night’s annual Chairman’s Awards dinner; a part of the 2009 SkillsDMC national conference.

The full winners list of the 2009 Chairman’s Awards is detailed below:

Category: Company Award

Winner: Rio Tinto Iron Ore

In recognition of its commitment to training and workforce development

Category: Quarry Award

Winner: Gabrielle Deschamps

Organisation: Boral Construction Materials Limited

In recognition of her long-term support for staff development in the quarrying industry

Category: Coal Award

Winner: Greg Lane

Organisation: Queensland Resources Council

In recognition of his long-term support for staff development in the coal mining industry

Category: Drilling Award

Winner: Craig Oldfield

Organisation: Gorey & Cole Drillers Pty Ltd

In recognition of his long-term support for staff development in the drilling industry

Category: Metalliferous Award

Winner: Tim O’Neill

Organisation: Rio Tinto Alcan (Gove)

In recognition of his long-term support for staff development in the metalliferous mining industry

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