Future training at PYBAR will be nationally-recognised following the approval of our Registered Training Organisation, the Australian Institute of Mining (AIM).
PYBAR submitted an application to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) in July 2019 for the establishment of an RTO. The application was approved by ASQA in November, paving the way for the delivery of quality, nationally-recognised training for the underground mining sector.
“The establishment of AIM forms part of our commitment to the long-term sustainability of our business, supported by our ability to offer on-going professional development opportunities for our employees,” said CEO, Brendan Rouse.
“This is a significant step in enabling PYBAR to develop our workforce in line with national standards. It will also ensure that we are able to offer training that is current, relevant, and applicable in the workplace across a range of roles”.
Already, 80 workers from various PYBAR sites are enrolled in the Certificate III program in Underground Metalliferous Mining.
In addition to the RTO approval, AIM has received approval from the NSW Resources Regulator to offer the one-day ‘Learning from disasters’ course which will commence rollout across NSW from January 2020. The course, developed by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, is designed for mine managers and supervisors ensuring lessons from past mining disasters are learnt.
In preparing for the RTO application, PYBAR training packages were reviewed and updated to meet national standards.
PYBAR also consulted with state governments and held discussions with the Tasmanian Government to reduce barriers to traineeships in the underground metalliferous mining sector.
PYBAR SHET Manager, Robert Patterson says it is important that PYBAR is able to offer employees opportunities to grow through obtaining formal qualifications in line with the national framework.
“Our ability to offer a wide range of training supports the development of our workforce as well as the regions in which we operate,” he says.