Six unemployed job seekers have been given real skills to gain employment in the mining and construction sector following an industry-specific training module delivered in Gunnedah.


Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the Part Qualification Jobseeker Training Program gave the six willing jobseekers skills in operating an articulated haul truck which will put them ahead of the pack when applying for mining and construction jobs.


“Gunnedah is crying out for skilled workers so this program is a great example of how we give people a chance to fill those positions.


“The program clearly works because the host business for the training, MacKellar Excavations, employed one of the students, Maddie Hampton, who was considered a long-term unemployed person.


The program was the result of a partnership between BEST Employment Gunnedah, LDO Group Training and MacKellar Excavations, funded by Training Services NSW.


MacKellar Excavations owner Tim MacKellar said given the success of the program there may be opportunity to build momentum from this idea and start to create a pool of ‘ready to roll’ operators for the local industry.


“From MacKellar Excavations’ perspective it was a seamless exercise due to the good communication all round and the goodwill between LDO, BEST and MEX to make this pilot programme work.


“It has given six unemployed people a window of opportunity to enter the mining and construction industry with an industry recognised qualification and practical experience in the operation of an articulated dump truck.”


Mr Anderson said increasing employment in our region is a priority and it is direct action such as this program that will go a long way to achieving this.

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