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Generic Induction Training For Aspirant Miners

Author : Graham Barlow

Generic induction is one of the key methods of overcoming the challenges when a mining authority needs to induct new workforce (entirely or partial) into an elevation project. In the mining industry, mostly non-permanent miners are employed and the owner may need to install fresh staffs at any point of time and generic induction training paves the way for recruiting skilled miners who can take charge of the operation.

This kind of induction became popular first in Queensland in the year 1997 as a means to optimize the miner recruitment in a cost-effective manner. Moreover, contractors were also in search of a way to eliminate the time spent in on-site training. Today, a lot of induction training programs are available around the world as it has a very crucial role to play in the underground mining industry. Students can enroll in these training programs to prepare themselves for a career in a mining industry but before enrolling in such training, it must be checked whether the courses are recognized by the industry players.

The training module generally includes a comprehensive introduction to the rules and regulation of the industry, acquaintance with the safety procedures and a learning the traditional practices in mining. This training not only gives them the theoretical knowledge about the operations in the mining industry but also opens the door for working in underground or surface mining because a certification on the generic induction training is mandatory for seeking employment in most of the mines around the world.

Training for a profession: Though induction training can never be a substitute of on-job training, it goes a long way to create a professional miner. Through this training a learner becomes familiar with how to operate safely in a mine before he is given further training by the contractor or the mine owner. Courses offered by many reputed institutes also allow the learners to have a feel of the industry they are about to enter. They do it by the virtue of their enriched training module. These courses also require them to abide by the basic guidelines of the industry even before they are absorbed in a project by a contractor. And as for the advantage of the contractors, they get to select the people who are trained to take up the responsibility in the mines and they need not spend thousands of dollars in induction training.

Modules of such generic induction training: The courses offered by professional institutes are not limited to a few lectures on the rules and regulations of the industry but also the legislations imposed by the government. The course generally begins with a comprehensive overview of the mining industry aimed at giving the learners a thorough idea of this field. While general safety is the prominent section of the course material, focus on regular work hazards is not missing either. They are also taught ways to respond to multiple situations. As for the technical part of the training, students gather knowledge about tagging, isolation and reporting of defects.

Though the course runs for a small time (anything between two days and seven days), it helps a student greatly in entering this lucrative sector. In some renowned institutions, learners get passports as well and those who get employment and work for two years are invited again for refresher trainings. Generic induction training programs make life for many.

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ASLS is licensed by the Mining Industry Skills Centre Inc. to deliver courses on Generic Induction to provide resource industry workers with core skills in site induction. Generic Induction (GI) is a safety induction program that provides a centralised, quality-assured and standardised training program giving mine-sites peace of mind.

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