Qld seeks to standardise safety and training

QUEENSLAND’s registered training organisations have joined forces to form an industry association that aims to set a new quality benchmark in safety and training for underground coal mines in the state.
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Miners carry out first aid rescue at Lennon Training. Photo by www.judigraphics.com

Lou Caruana

Resources RTO – the Resources Registered Training Organisation Association – will offer standardised training in accordance with the new Recognised Standard 11 for training in coal mines as set by the Queensland Mining Safety Inspectorate from July 1, 2011.

RRTO aims to ensure all member RTOs offer consistent, independent and industry-specific training that will ensure the highest level in safety standards and quality assurance, association president Tony Mapp said.

“Resource RTO was formed because the foundation member RTOs saw a need for greater quality assurance and consistency of delivery in the training provided to the resource sector,” he said.

“With Recognised Standard 11 now in place, RRTO has coordinated the development of a standardised training package, RRTO Induction-Standard 11 Coal, enabling member RTOs to offer a consistent, high-quality product across the resources sector.”

Because RRTO is a member-driven association, membership fees would be able to be invested in providing ongoing quality assurance and product development.

“This means both industry and individual workers can have faith that they are receiving the highest-quality training when it’s delivered by RRTO members,” Mapp said.

Resource RTO’s charter is to provide a quality product which is accepted by industry; independent auditing and confirmation of training quality; a method for skills development which leads to qualifications for participants; and a path into the industry for inexperienced applicants.

The first three programs to be launched by Resource RTO will include a three-day RRTO Induction-Standard 11 Coal, four-day underground and a refresher program.

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