Course aims to open new doors

Nigel Terrell says his course is designed to help people get started in the mining and resource sector.
Nigel Terrell says his course is designed to help people get started in the mining and resource sector. Renee Pilcher

GYMPIE TAFE college has launched a new course aimed at opening at least one of the doors to success in the booming mining and resources sector of the economy.

For those who find themselves beginning at the beginning, the course aims to open the ground floor entrance to what could end up being an exciting and lucrative career.

Teacher Nigel Terrell said there were plenty of opportunities in the resources sector but they were not automatically available to people who were completely new to the field.

To be competitive in the job market, applicants needed to at least know their tools and how to use them.

TAFE's Resources 101 course aimed to bridge that basic skills gap, Mr Terrell said yesterday.

"It's so they can get jobs as trades' assistants and so on, so they can get a foot in the door," he said.

"It's a basic level of training."

It can also be more than that, however, with all units in the course also able to be counted towards the level II certificate course also offered by TAFE.

"It's a State Government-funded program aimed especially at high unemployment areas, in various parts of Queensland," Mr Terrell said.

"The course provides the basic information and skills people need to be able to be useful from the beginning in a new job in the resources sector."

The course includes training in fundamental engineering skills.

That includes everything from cleaning the workshop and its equipment to the use of power and hand-held tools and the human skills of working with others in an engineering environment.

"The course is in five-week blocks at three days a week," Mr Terrell said.

"After a three-week break, another group of students come through."

Employment agencies are also kept in the loop so they can be aware of course availability for any of their clients.

More information about the course is also available from Gympie TAFE on 1300 656 188.

Topics:  course economy gympie jobs mining tafe

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