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Donation supports training for the future

Northern Star Mining Services (NSMS) and Rock Drill Services Australia (RDSA) have partnered to show their support for local training by donating a Rock Drill to Central Regional TAFE (CRTAFE).


The HLX5 Rock Drill has been sectioned out to show how the components inside work and is a significant addition to the existing teaching aides used to train local heavy plant apprentices.


NSMS Maintenance Coordinator Aaron Armstrong is proud of his organisation’s commitment to local training, ensuring a secure workforce in the future.


“The donation is a joint effort between NSMS and RDSA to bring forward the education of rock drill maintenance to apprentices whilst they are in the classroom so once on a mine site they have a greater understanding of the rockdrill and its inner workings” he said.


“NSMS is also passionate about supporting local education facilities like TAFE as they are instrumental in providing the industry with the next generation of tradespeople” he said.


CRTAFE Managing Director Bill Swetman said the rockdrill will provide additional training opportunities for apprentices and really add value to the current heavy plant training program.


“We really appreciate the extra work that NSMS and RDSA have put in to make the rockdrill fit and ready for training” he said.


“As the only TAFE vocational education and training provider in the Goldfields region, it’s fantastic to have the support of local industry. Donations such as this help us to ensure our training is practical, relevant to current industry practices and that our students are job ready” he said.


This donation follows NSMS significantly increasing their apprenticeship intake for 2018 to 15 first year apprentices across a variety of trades (two-three times more than previous years).


The donation was officially handed over and delivered to the CRTAFE Kalgoorlie Campus on Thursday, 7 June 2018.


Page last updated June 25, 2018