Alison White, executive vice president and chief financial officer of SSR Mining shares some career highlights and industry insights.
During the course, the 14 members of staff from all of Mozambique’s provinces, amongst other subjects, will learn techniques for identification and classification of gems as well as gem cutting and polishing.
The program provides opportunities for young women to consider a career in non-traditional employment and undertake an apprenticeship or training to become plumbers, electricians or undertake tertiary study to work as engineers.
“As industries continue to expand, so too will the demand for safety training. Height Wise has distinguished itself as a reputable provider of height safety solutions training, and I believe that the company is in a prime position to gain significant market share, and to establish new training academies across the continent,” says Height Wise director Penny Fabricius.
Grantees will use the funds to provide federally mandated training to miners. The grants cover training and retraining of miners working at surface and underground coal, and metal and nonmetal, mines, including miners engaged in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand and gravel mining operations.
The scheme is targeting those who have relevant skills but no formal qualifications, including people who have partly completed an apprenticeship, permanent Australian residents with overseas qualifications, ex-members of the defence force and trades assistants from the construction and engineering industries.
In the year and a half the society has been operating, more than 680 Inuit have been trained, 350 of which have gained meaningful employment in mine-related jobs. "A renewal of the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Program or the development of a program of similar nature is an essential step in protecting that training," stated Geoffrey Qilak Kusugak, the mine training society's chair person.
Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Grace Portolesi said the Commonwealth will provide $500000 to the program in 2011-12 in addition to the state government’s equivalent amount. “The State Government is working with the Commonwealth, Aboriginal communities and industry to halve the gap in employment outcomes in the community between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people by 2018,” Ms Portolesi said.
Randy Kohltfarber, Convergence Training's General Manager, explains that the initiative to create more new courses than ever before is part of a long-term growth strategy. "We've made room in our very full production schedule to develop a range of safety training courses for two main reasons; first, to meet the demands of customers who are constantly complaining about the low quality training of other course producers and second, to expand the reach of our product line into new markets."