TasTAFE to train Blue­stone Min­ing’s un­der­ground work­force

The Australian Mining Review - - MINING IN TASMANIA -

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.

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