Training for the future

MINING and construction giant Thiess is providing its future workforce with quality training centres to complete theory and practical training.

Mining and construction giant Thiess is providing its future workforce with quality training centres to complete theory and practical training.

New facilities at the Thiess Archerfield training workshop includes the addition of an extra classroom and practical workspace and means more machinery will be available for apprentices to develop skills needed in today’s workforce. The upgrade is part of Thiess’ Plant Apprenticeship program.

Now in its third year, more than 70 apprentices ranging from first to fourth year and from across all states of Australia will participate in the 2008 program.

Thiess group plant manager Bruce Kenny said all plant apprentices will be required to attend three two-week blocks of training annually at the Archerfield site.

“This is the third year of the program and with aits continuing success the workshop area has recently been expanded to accommodate the increase of apprentices who have come on board,” Kenny said.

Engineering — Mechanical Trade apprentice Luke Single, who joined the Thiess after a three year stint in operation and maintenance at Queensland Rail, has been involved with the program since its introduction.

Single who will graduate this year was also awarded the program’s prestigious Plant Apprentice of the Year award in 2007.

The award acknowledges the great work done by Thiess apprentices. It also promotes safety and recognises outstanding achievements and contributions to the business and assists in attracting and retaining apprentices.

Kenny said Thiess invests a significant amount in the future of the business by supporting training at all levels; and the apprenticeship program was a good example.

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