TAFE SA news

New mining training equipment goes mobile

Aug 29, 2011

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TAFE SA Mining Lecturer Paul White with the newly purchased mining equipment.

Five pieces of mobile mining equipment that will bring training for the industry to businesses and schools across South Australia have been purchased by TAFE SA.

A Commonwealth grant of $745,000 was used to purchase the equipment which, with the state on the brink of a mining boom, will equip TAFE SA with up-to-date training tools for the mining and civil industries.

The multi-purpose equipment includes a Skid-Steer, Front-End Loader, Forklift, Back-Hoe and Truck made fully mobile with a truck; the equipment can be transported around the state to train wherever demand is.

Collaborating with regional schools, the mining equipment is able to be used by eligible school students at Trade Training Centres and has been described by staff as ‘the right equipment at the right time’.

TAFE SA Regional General Manager Ian Henderson said the flexibility that making mining equipment completely mobile brings, is unprecedented.

“Lecturers can travel with the equipment offering this much-needed training where required.”

“TAFE SA offers a range of short courses designed to equip participants with the basic skills and hands-on experience they need to get their ‘foot in the door’ of the mining industry. Training can also be offered within industry, to up-skill an existing workforce within enterprises,” Mr Henderson said.

The equipment is the same that is used in the mining and civil industries. Students will get a work environment experience by using the same equipment that they will operate on a mining site. Training in the use of this equipment will benefit job-seekers looking for start-up training, and those who are re-training or upgrading their existing skills.