Mount Thorley Warkworth apprentice recognised for ‘outstanding’ contribution

April 16, 2015

Rio Tinto Coal & Allied have reason to celebrate this week as one of its employees has been recognised as the most outstanding apprentice in Australia by national training provider SKILLED.


Pictured: winner Simone Marskell
Mount Thorley Warkworth’s Simone Marskell won the 2014 Apprentice of the Year award for outstanding achievement in safety leadership, teamwork, high performance and community.
She completed her apprenticeship with a Certificate III in Electrotechnology in September last year and secured a full time position at Coal & Allied’s Mount Thorley Warkworth open cut coal mine shortly afterwards.
Accepting the award, Simone Marskell said “I was overwhelmed to win such a prestigious award. I’m grateful that SKILLED and Coal & Allied’s apprenticeship programme gave me the technical knowledge and practical experience to help me secure a job at Mount Thorley Warkworth.”


Pictured: (left to right) Simone’s supervisor and Mount Thorley Warkworth Maintenance Superintendent Mobile Equipment Simon Triggs, SKILLED 2014 Apprentice of the Year Simone Marskell, Rio Tinto Coal Manager - Contractor Management Chris Goddard, SKILLED National Group Training Organisation manager Suzanne Rodda-Hopkins and SKILLED Apprenticeship and Traineeship field officer Tony Wells.
Rio Tinto’s Mount Thorley Warkworth employs 1300 workers, and is currently awaiting the NSW Government’s decision on whether it can continue operating on land it owns, securing the futures of those workers and their families.
Last month, the Planning Assessment Commission recommended the project be approved with certain conditions.

READ: Mount Thorley Warkworth recommended for approval
NSW Minerals Council CEO praised the economic contribution that MTW makes to the local community, and particularly the vast number of supplying businesses dependent on the mine’s operation.
“[it’s] great news for the mine employees and also for the ongoing economic stability of the the Upper Hunter. In 2014, Mount Thorley Warkworth spent $188 million with more than 270 suppliers in the Upper Hunter region.” Mr Galilee said.

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