NSW Mining addressing skills shortages in the industry

June 02, 2014

The NSW Minerals Council has partnered with the NSW Government and training organisations on a project to improve training outcomes for those seeking to qualify for key roles in the mining sector.

The roles covered include mine managers, production managers,  mine electrical and mechanical engineers, deputies, under managers and open cut mine examiners, all critical in the day-to-day running of efficient and safe modern mining operations. It is therefore crucial that people in these roles are trained to the highest standards.

The NSW Mining Statutory Positions Training Process Improvement Review Project was undertaken to address the low success rate of candidates in the examinations required to qualify for these roles.

“Over the last few years more than 50% of candidates for statutory mine exams have been failing. This has been a significant contributing factor to the skills shortage in coal and metalliferous mining as well as quarrying sectors of NSW,” Stephen Galilee CEO of the NSW Minerals Council said.

“In seeking to tackle this problem, all agreed that the rigorous standards for the examinations were inviolable, and that the focus of the project should be on producing best practice guides to assist employees, employers and training providers with the assessment process,” Mr Galilee said.

“The Learning Best Practice Guides that have now been finalised will ensure that candidates, employers and Registered Training Organisations have an important advisory tool in preparing for exams.”

The three guides - one each for employers, candidates and Registered Training Organisations - seek to provide advice on the key factors which will assist candidates in successfully completing the assessment process. This includes advice on selecting and supporting candidates, providing mentoring and coaching, exam preparation, advice on how to liaise with employers and simple checklists to assess commitment and preparation.

These guides are the final stage of an initiative carried out with assistance from the NSW Department of Education and Communities, the NSW Minerals Council, NSW Department of Trade, Investment, Regional Infrastructure & Services and SkillsDMC.

“A skilled and competent workforce is essential for the NSW mining industry. It is essential for the health and safety of our mining workers, and to maintain coal production for exports and for the electricity generation that we all use every day,” Mr Galilee said.

The Learning Best Practice Guides for candidates, employers and Registered Training Organisations can be found at: http://www.nswmining.com.au/people/employment-careers

Contact: Chris Rath | crath@nswmining.com.au | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419

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