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Donation enhances apprenticeship training

BHP Nickel West have donated a Fire Truck to Central Regional TAFE (CRTAFE) in a show of support for enhancing the apprenticeship training experience in Kalgoorlie.

The Fire Tender Truck will be located in the Trades block at the Kalgoorlie campus and utilised by students from a variety of specialisations including, Heavy Plant, Automotive Electrical, Fitting and Machining and more.

Mitch Brennan, Kalgoorlie Portfolio Manager Industry Services said the donation will provide opportunities for lecturers to enhance the practical training components of their programs.

“CRTAFE is grateful for the support of local industry. Donations such as this help us to ensure our training continues to be relevant to current industry practices and that our students are job ready” he said.

“Heavy Automotive in particular is an expensive area to resource so this donation will assist us with creating further hands-on training for our apprentices” he said.

Mr Brennan believes the donation will also open the door to future training opportunities such as the introduction of Mine Emergency Response qualifications.

Michael Toy, Maintenance Superintendent for BHP Nickel West said the opportunity was initially instigated by one of their apprentices attending the TAFE.

“One of our apprentices, who also belongs to BHP’s emergency response team, identified an opportunity for the truck to be donated and he had our full support with it” he said.

“BHP is passionate about developing the skills of local apprentices, and the added value that working on current equipment has on their training experience. It’s always great to see them bring that learning back to site” he said.

“Our apprenticeship program was re-started in 2018 and we look forward to continuing to work with CRTAFE in order to well equip our workforce for the future” he said.




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