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Young mining students make the grade

Wednesday, 16th December, 2020

Graduates and industry representatives of a pilot program in mining at Robinson College. PICTURE: Supplied Graduates and industry representatives of a pilot program in mining at Robinson College. PICTURE: Supplied

Nine school leavers have graduated from Robinson College after completing a pilot program in mining.

This program was a collaboration between local industry connected to mining, Willyama and Broken Hill High schools, the NSW Government and Robinson College.

The objective of the program was to provide students who had just finished school, with the job-ready skills, which may enhance their ability to find employment in the diverse local mining industry.

Robinson College CEO Allan Carter said it was wonderful to see the local mining industry stakeholders supporting the youth of Broken Hill.

“It can only be of benefit to the community if the needs of a major industry are met by locals, hopefully keeping the young people here in this region,” Mr Carter said.

“This can only enhance our community.”

Congratulating the students on their achievements, the CEO wished them luck in securing employment in the local mining industry.

He hoped that this would be just the start of their adult education and that Robinson College would see them again in the future. 

“Robinson College, as the local training provider of choice, is an integral part of the community and understands local matters and needs,” Mr Carter said.

“This is something which an outside training organisation would have difficulty understanding.”

He said funding and training dollars stay in the community, and doesn’t funnel back to big city-based organisations.

“Robinson College contributes with every single dollar, to this community and I would suggest this is what the consumer needs to identify before engaging an outside RTO.

“Further, Robinson College and TAFA are the local RTOs and by engaging outside city-based RTOs, Broken Hill may just find itself without the local providers of choice in the future.”

He said Robinson College, through its excellent management, had a comprehensive understanding of education and training needs of Far West.

A perfect example of this is a project which will launch in early January for the second year.

“Robinson College identified the need for remote communities to be able to engage in adult vocational education across these remote communities such as Walgett, Colarenebri, Cobar, Tibooburra to name a few, but also understood  it was not feasible for these students to travel to Broken Hill to undertake their study,” he said.

“Consequently, a small team of Robinson College trainers embark once again on a month-long tour of remote communities to provide courses such as first aid, manual handling, white card and SelfCare.

“Again, it is local knowledge that has seen this project emerge.”

The Business Manager, Christine Stokes, who developed this project in close collaboration with key stakeholders such as the NSW Government and local communities, said if not for those critical links need would have gone unmet. Outcomes from past projects have resulted in employment for a number of the participants.

“Support from the NSW Government that needed education delivered to remote communities will occur at no cost to the students,” she said.

The project has become an annual commitment to these remote regions along with ongoing training throughout the year.

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