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Minerals Council of Australia NT Division : Minerals Council Aust NT Div 2012
Minerals Council of Australia 13 Manager and the mentors. 16 Indigenous men started the program, and I am pleased to say 14 graduated with a Certificate I & II in Resources and Infrastructure Operations. Thank you to the following companies, for supplying men for the Program. Energy Resources of Australia 3 Territory Resources 5 Newmont 5 BHP Billiton 3 One of the areas to address from the 2010 program was the need for more activities away from the classroom and this year, we selected a new Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to deliver the certificate program. The Charles Darwin University had scope to deliver the certificate programs, but more importantly, it provided us with a fantastic option to utilise their workshop at the university campus. For 3 days of the 7 day program, the participants were transported to the workshops to participate in a range of manual activities as part of their competencies aligned to the certificate program. This decision proved to be a real winner. The participants enjoyed their activities in the workshop environment, and their skill levels improved markedly as the program progressed. One of the other aspects of the program which needed to be upgraded was the program delivery methods and course content of the classroom Training and Education Report components. It was felt that aspects of the 2010 pilot program's classroom activities were somewhat uninspiring due to some of the mundane content and perhaps the methods of delivery. I would like to congratulate the Batchelor staff who recognised these issues and changed the content to suit the needs of the program and also introduced innovative steps to ensure the delivery was interesting and captivating. It worked extremely well and appreciated by the trainees. Based on our results, we have completed another successful program. At the time of writing, it is understood 8 of the men are still employed in mining. 2 of the participants moved interstate, and we are unaware of their recent activities, but I feel it could have been better if the pre-employment screening was undertaken more efficiently. We will continue to work closely with the industry to ensure we maintain our Indigenous employment commitments. An important aspect of all of these training programs is the need for mining companies to plan for future employment needs. If advanced planning is undertaken it will provide options for Job Service providers (JSA's) to recruit, assess and work with potential trainees to bring them to a level of competency to step into training programs with confidence. Without better focus upfront we are reducing the potential for sustainable successful outcomes. I would like to thank everyone who supported the 2011 program. There are far too many to mention individually, but special mentions should go to the Program Manager, Russell Wilson; the BIITE staff, in particular Glenn Newling and Rob Fenlon; and also David Ross from the Northern Land Council who worked closely with the mentors and the participants. Lastly but by no means least to the mentors a huge thank you and well done! The mentors play an enormous role in these programs and their support and guidance is paramount to our ongoing success. 2012 will see the continuance of the male programs and also the introduction of a female program. I look forward to writing this article next year to provide you with an update of the progress of our programs. The participants enjoyed their activities in the workshop environment, and their skill levels improved markedly as the program progressed.
Minerals Council NT 2013