Trainee of the Year Finalist: George Klembt

George Klembt entered the Pre-employment Training Program at Prominent Hill as a fully qualified tradesman looking to branch into mining. Today, he is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

George Klembt is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

Klembt was born and bred in the town of Oodnadatta, situated 350 km from Oxiana’s Prominent Hill Operation.

Prior to working at Prominent Hill Klembt had never stepped foot on a mine site.

Though he had no previous mining experience George commenced the Prominent Hill Pre-Employment Training Program as a fully qualified tradesman looking to start his career in mining.

Klembt was one of the eight students accepted in the first intake of the Training Program from 84 applicants.

Klembt is described as a quiet achiever.

He is very calm and considered a stabilising force in his team. He shows great initiative and is quick learner.

He can operate four machines, including the largest wheelie dozer in the country, competently.

The level of competency that Klembt possesses usually takes 12 months to gain, however, Klembt was able to achieve full competency within two months.

George has certainly made a name for himself at Thiess.

Following satisfactory completion of the 60 day Program which includes three weeks of work experience on site at Prominent Hill, successful trainees are often offered permanent employment at the Prominent Hill Operation in South Australia and receive a Nationally Accredited Certificate II in Metalliferous Mining.

Preference is given to people living in the local towns and regional communities. Since the launch of the Program in October 2006, four groups of trainees have successfully completed the program and have taken up permanent full-time roles with Oxiana or various contractors at Prominent Hill.

The Pre-Employment Training Program offers individuals the chance at a career that otherwise would not have been available to them.

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