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Customised training for Pilbara Minerals

North Metropolitan TAFE (NMT) has partnered with Pilbara Minerals to deliver customised training for their operation staff working on the new major lithium development project.

  • Eight process technicians from Pilbara Minerals completed the knowledge component of the course at our East Perth campus. 
  • They are now completing the practical component of their training onsite at the Pilgangoora mine. Our lecturers will head to site later this year to assess the students. Once assessed as competent, the employees will receive their Certificate III in Resource Processing. 

“This is a great example of the responsiveness of the VET sector to provide timely customised training that supports industry to take advantage of opportunities as they arise,” said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. 

“TAFE WA is helping companies like Pilbara Minerals develop the State's world-leading lithium industry, which creates jobs for Western Australians.”Truck.jpg

Pilbara Minerals’ Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantulum Project is located 120km from Port Hedland, the region is one of the biggest lithium ore deposits in the world. 

To ensure Pilbara Minerals’ employees were job-ready ahead of the commissioning of the project, a high-quality training program was developed by NMT in partnership with Pilbara Minerals. 

“By working with NMT, Pilbara Minerals was able to tailor the training program to make it relevant to the specific mineral processes used at the Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project; ensuring trainees were job ready prior to mobilisation to site,” said Pilbara Minerals’ Chief Operating Officer Dale Henderson.

“As an emerging industry in Western Australia, Pilbara Minerals identified some gaps when it came to specific training and qualifications for lithium processing. NMT identified the gaps within its current program and worked closely with Pilbara Minerals to fill these gaps, and develop relevant course material so employees were qualified to commence immediately on site.”

“Now developed, this program can be used widely across the lithium industry to prepare the workforce of the future.”Lab.jpg

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Page last updated October 01, 2018