Jan 13 Fri

Council drives positive change in resources training industry

As the national peak and representative body for resources training in Australia, the Resources Training Council is committed to influencing and shaping policy to deliver better outcomes for the industry and our members.

As part of our ongoing campaign, the Council has engaged with a number of key industry players in recent weeks including Queensland Resources Council’s new chief executive Ian McFarlane as well as Queensland Training Ombudsman Geoffrey Favell.

Resources Training Council Rod Ramsay said both men shared the Council’s vision for a stronger resources industry in Queensland and he looked forward to an ongoing proactive relationship with their organisations.

"There are a number of issues that have been raised over the past year that our Council is committed to resolving," Mr Ramsay said.

"For example, the Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII) Training Package has loopholes that allow RTOs to deliver programs in abbreviated timeframes.

"In many cases, new graduates are denied sufficient time to practice new skills during the course and, in turn, are not "job ready" or "qualified" upon completion. The value of RII Certificates has fallen as a result," he said.

Mr Ramsay was concerned that RTOs were receiving government funding without delivering the results and that many RII courses were conducted in learning centres that do not sufficiently simulate workplace environments.

"RII30115 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations is not an entry level program and thus should be delivered on a resource company site or an environment that reflects a working mine," he said.

Mr Ramsay said the Council's close links to RTOs, and enterprises involved in the coal, metalliferous, extractive quarries, drilling and civil construction industries meant it’s industry intel was high value.

"We're serious about ensuring safe and competent outcomes for all individuals undertaking training," Mr Ramsay said.