Training to uplift an industry

ASPASA launches training workshops

Mary-Ann Sutton, Aspasa office manager

Deepening skills shortages in the surface mining industry have led to the launch of several new pointed training workshops, by the industry’s representative association, Aspasa, aimed at addressing the problem at its source.

Just six months into the programme the education regimen is receiving much praise from companies who have sent staff members to the workshops and requests are already being fielded for follow-up courses to further upskill staff that have already attended.

According to Aspasa office manager, Mary-Ann Sutton, the courses are specifically aimed at areas of the industry where skills development is needed. They were developed following two surveys that were conducted by the association to determine the most immediate needs of the industry. A Skills Development Committee (training) has also been established with many new ideas already on the table since the first meeting was held in June this year.

Relevant material

‘Trainers are sourced from within the industry and are relevant and all have exceptionally strong training backgrounds and in many instances, the courses offered are fully accredited so that CPD points can be claimed. Thus far there has been a strong uptake for all the courses held which shows that the courses are relevant. ‘Where possible the courses are offered in all regions across the country if there is sufficient demand. Alternatively, courses are offered in the major centres and can be arranged for individual companies if a need exists. The courses can also be repeated if need be. Also, if changes in legislation or working practices occur we may choose to update the course and offer it as a refresher,’ Sutton says.

She adds that Aspasa will undertake surveys again in the latter half of 2017 and encourages companies to put forward their requirements. If there is sufficient requirement for a new course then relevant and concise workshops will be compiled in order to provide the relevant information to trainers in a short and succinct manner in order to minimise time out of the office.

On offer

Courses offered include:

  • Health & Safety & Fatigue Management
  • Crushing and Screening
  • G1 Base Training, Lockout Workshop
  • Total Quality Management for Skills Development
  • Section 54 Workshop
  • Blasting, PDS

Aspasa is also willing to assist with a short course – three hours for a company to familiarise senior staff to the MHSA and related information.

To find out more about the workshops visit the Aspasa website and click on the training link which has all the course details and online booking facilities.

Contact: Nico Pienaar, Tel: (011) 791 3327, Fax: 086 647 8034, Email:



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