Mining services company Pybar has gained approval from the Australian Skills Quality Authority for its Registered Training Organisation (RTO), the Australian Institute of Mining (AIM).
Pybar says it set up AIM to address the need for quality nationally-recognised training for the underground mining sector.
AIM will facilitate Certificate II and III in Underground Metalliferous Mining programs as well as numerous short courses.
A Pybar spokesman said AIM would provide training at all Pybar sites, including Mount Isa, King Vol (Chillagoe) and Thalanga in Queensland.
As part of the RTO application process, Pybar conducted a complete review of existing training and assessment packages offered by its Safety, Health, Environment & Training (SHET) team and recommended updates to ensure these packages met the national framework requirements.
“This approval is a significant step in enabling Pybar to develop its workforce in line with national standards,” Pybar chief executive officer Brendan Rouse said.
“It will also ensure that we are able to offer training that is current, relevant, and applicable immediately in the workplace across the full range of roles.
“The establishment of the Australian Institute of Mining 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.”