TasTAFE to train Bluestone Mining’s underground workforce
TasTAFE will train Bluestone Mines’ underground workers as part of a major training investment by the Renison Bell based company.
Bluestone Mining’s Safety Systems and Training coordinator Derek Pearl said the training had many benefits for employees and the company as a whole.
“Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture (Bluestone) is committed to active, regular and appropriate training of its employees in the workplace,” Mr Pearl said.
“Bluestone encourages and provides self-advancement programs to ensure all employees are properly skilled and trained in any task they are asked to perform, this is achieved by aligning its training policies with those of nationally accredited qualifications and competencies.
“Ensuring our employees have the latest training is also vital in assisting us to meet our obligation of Work Health and Safety requirements.”
TasTAFE construction north/ north-west and mining education manager Sean Crane said the qualification covered work health and safety policies and procedures, risk management, assessment of ground conditions and maintenance and monitoring of site quality standards.
“We’ve been training Bluestone employees for a number of years and look forward to working with them to deliver this qualification to their underground workforce,” Mr Crane said.
The training is an extension of an already strong existing partnership between TasTAFE’s construction and mining team and Bluestone Mining.
About 40 staff have completed a Certificate III in Resource Processing, and TasTAFE has also delivered other training for the company including High Risk Work licensing such as Forklift and Elevated Work Platform Training and machinery assessment.
More information on how TasTAFE can help meet training needs can be found by calling Sean Crane on (03) 6477 7525.
TasTAFE Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure students at a site visit at Bluestone’s concentrator (mill) plant.