Nov 22, 2019

Mining contractor tops national training awards

Mining contractor tops national training awards The Barminco Training Centre in Western Australia replicates what it is like to be underground.

Underground mining services contractor Barminco has come up trumps at the National Australian Training Awards in Brisbane.

The Perenti company was named Australia’s Large Employer of the Year – an honour it says recognises its focus on upskilling employees.

“Our vision is to be the world’s leading hard rock underground mining service provider, and our people are at the core of that vision,” Barminco chief executive officer Paul Muller said.

“We are aiming to significantly increase the size of our business in the next five years in what is a highly competitive labour market and our focus is firmly on training and our integrated people strategy.

“It is wonderful to be recognised nationally for our work in this area.”

Round Oak Minerals’ Mt Colin mine and MMG Dugald River in North West Queensland are among Barminco’s projects.

Barminco group training manager Brian Finlay accepts the award with general manager, safety and people, Patrick Bourke.

TAFE Queensland took out the award for International Training Provider of the Year at the national titles and Kingaroy-based Astill’s Electrical Services was named Medium Employer of the Year.

State Training and Skills Development Minister Shannon Fentiman congratulated the two Queensland winners.

“Astill’s Electrical Services is a family-based company that has grown rapidly since 2009 and is a fantastic employer of local apprentices. They also actively work with local high schools to provide work experience opportunites for students,” she said.

“A big congratulations to Queensland’s finalist for Apprentice of the Year, Toowoomba’s Ellie Farrington who was a runner up in the top apprentice award.”

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