Hopefuls spying new job horizon
ON any given weekday up to 80 people are gaining the key skills they need to work in Central Queensland's booming resources sector at New Horizons.
Experienced trainers teach the skills, knowledge and competencies these people will need for a high-paying career.
New Horizons Safety and Training Services' facilities include a simulated mine at Cawarral.
The company is one of several in Central Queensland where people pay to learn the appropriate skills.
With some 40,000 extra workers predicted to be needed in the resources sector this decade, the industry is battling to find a skilled workforce.
Some workers, as reported yesterday, were finding it hard to break into the mining industry even after training.
But New Horizons' business manager Dalys Marquis said there was more to gaining a mining job than just having the ability to work.
She said mining companies also wanted people with a strong work ethic, the right attitude and experience.
"They have picked up the skills, knowledge and competencies from our training," Dalys said.
"We are about the training, not job placement.
"A lot of people spend their savings to do these courses with us. We understand the outlay they have made; they're pretty switched on people who are putting their hearts and souls into these courses.
"Occasionally some expect that a job is just there after they've completed a course, but you still have to sell yourself.
"The mines value what we are doing and we work with the industry to meet its needs ... but not everyone is suited to the mines."
She said about 80% of people who went through their training went on to work in the mining industry.
Some of these were people who were self-starters, while others were mine employees who were being up skilled.
Dalys said the feedback from most of the students was generally positive.
New Horizons employs 24 people and each week about 150 people train there.