Burnie High School

Students taste mining life


Burnie High School students on an excursion to Savage River mine.

Savage River visit an eye-opener for future careers

Burnie High School students got a good dose of mining life after a recent visit to Grange Resources' Savage River.

It was Burnie High School's third visit to Savage River as part of the Trainee and Apprenticeship Pathway Program (TAPP).

TAPP is a program designed to assist students wanting to pursue a career in a trade or vocational education as well to engage students who are at risk of disengagement from education due to social and/or domestic circumstances and/or diverse learning needs.

Grange Resources' OHS and training manager John Fox said the latest visit by students was another great success and a mutual enjoyment and benefit for students and Savage River staff.

"Students were provided with a detailed insight into the mine and concentrator operations and importantly talking with our people who make the mine operate safely, efficiently and productive," Mr Fox said.

"Students were escorted around the mine site experiencing the working environments including mobile maintenance workshop, geology, concentrator operations and having a go on the Training Simulator for Haul Truck, Dozer and Excavator which was a great experience for all the students.

"In addition this year the students were all given a ride in a 789 Dump truck to see and feel the real working environment of a mine operator driving the largest mine trucks in Tasmania," Mr Fox said.

This was well-received by the students, Mr Fox said.

Grange Resources is a popular place for students on the North-West Coast to opt for work experience.

"A student's mother recently said that her son, who is part of TAPP and wants to be a mechanic, now loves going to school and did not want to come home from Savage River - This is great to hear, " Mr Fox said.

"Students learn that mining can provide jobs across all skills and trades that benefit our community directly and indirectly through the local economy.

"Students can recognise that working in their trade now is great in the short term, but also how mining might address their future and be supporting in their lifelong learning by as well as the flow-on effect in other industries including further vocational education and training and university qualifications," Mr Fox said.

Story and photo supplied by The Advocate