SQIT and Toll Mining in program

Toll Mining Services (TMS) has been awarded as the lead partner, with project partner Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE (SQIT), Federal Government funding for a new digital training program.

The $300,000 program will help train both TMS and the national transport industry workforce, which service the resources sector at regional and remote locations.

The funding package, provided by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education under the National Resource Sector Workforce Strategy, will be used to develop engaging, interactive, and robust educational resources for driver operators.

The flexible training program will allow driver operators to train in a range of locations, including remote areas.

Titled Toll’s Remote Access Interactive Learning (TRAIL), the program will trial new technological platforms (mobile learning devices), incorporating point of view visuals, podcasting and simulations all detailing real life, task-based scenarios.

The project aims to provide driver operators with a Certificate III in Driving Operations (Dangerous Goods) qualification, whilst incorporating TMS’ values such as communication and business skills.

Institute Director Trevor Schwenke said SQIT was thrilled with the partnership’s successful funding application and looks forward to the pilot of the digital learning program.

“We look forward to working closely with Toll Mining Services to increase their workforce’s skillset, and to assist the industry in general – with the NBN rollout, remoteness is no longer a barrier to training opportunities,” Mr Schwenke said.

TRAIL will be piloted with 150 of TMS’ 960 employees based at Helidon (Queensland) and Tomago (New South Wales) who vary in experience from new employees to those seeking a ‘refresher’ program.

The longer-term plan is to expand the program to industry partners for widespread value to the resources sector.

Image: Toll Mining Services National Human Resources Manager Nicole El’Atrache and Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE Institute Director Trevor Schwenke.

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