These TAFE NSW Mining Skills Program graduates have kick started their careers as the demand for jobs grows

2020 Mining Skills Graduates Tyler McDonald, Thomas Callinan and Justin Brown
2020 Mining Skills Graduates Tyler McDonald, Thomas Callinan and Justin Brown

AN award ceremony at Scone has recognised the achievements of 33 first-year mining apprentices who have completed the TAFE NSW Mining Skills Program in Muswellbrook.

Now in its 15th consecutive year, the comprehensive 18-week program complements the course delivery of machining, electrical, metal fabrication or automotive qualifications to apprentices employed by resource companies throughout the Hunter.

The program equips the apprentices with the fundamentals of each trade area and they receive an overall education on mining, including several visits to mining and heavy industry environments.

Three students were highly-praised at the award ceremony at TAFE NSW Scone:

- Highest Achiever (Dux) - Tom Callinan, Muswellbrook, AGL Macquarie apprentice

- Outstanding Achievement - Tyler McDonald, Port Waratah Coal Service apprentice

- Outstanding Achievement - Justin Brown, Hitachi Machinery apprentice

Mining Skills Class ready to begin - taken in February 2020

Mining Skills Class ready to begin - taken in February 2020

TAFE NSW Regional General Manager Jason Darney said the ceremony recognised all students' achievements.

"In developing the next generation of mining industry leaders, it is critical that job-seekers have access to high quality education and training," he said.

"All 33 apprentices have excelled in their efforts to gain a strong understanding of the resources sector and the role they will play within it and we congratulate them."

Award-winner Thomas Callinan is studying a Certificate III in Mechanical Engineering at TAFE NSW Muswellbrook. He said the program had enabled him to pursue his career goals.

"I'm thrilled to have been recognised with this award and I have learned a lot of new skills from TAFE NSW teachers who are experts in the industry," he said.

"The program provided me with a good taster of each of the key trade areas which are important to absorb so that I can make informed career decisions."

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