Thirteen local TAFE SA Regional mining students recently visited the new Wilcherry Hill mine site and the working mine at Iron Duke. The students, who are completing a Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure at TAFE SA Port Lincoln Campus, were given a tour of both mine sites.
The students gained a firsthand view of a virgin mine site, yet to be developed, and in contrast, the working aspect of an operational mining company.
Included in their field trip was a visit to the newly built single men’s quarters at Kimba, and at Lucky Bay, the proposed port area to be used for shipping iron ore.
TAFE SA Mining Training Manager Lyndon Giles says it’s important for students to correlate what they have learnt in the classroom to the day to day operations at a mine site. .
“Seeing and experiencing this industry and having an awareness of the safety and environmental aspects associated with mining prepares students for employment in the workplace,” Mr Giles said.
Mining student Sharryn Hebberman said it was particularly interesting to see the difference between a start-up mine and a mine in full operation.
Ms Hebberman said the benefits of participating in these excursions are huge.
“To see the intensity of the mining operation was beyond our expectations, it gave us a real insight to what we hope will be our future working environment.”
This intake of the Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure includes units in Work Safely at Heights, Elevated Work Platform and National White Card. Students will finish at the end of June, job ready with practical knowledge and hands-on skills ready for a job in the mining industry.