Komatsu Training Academy Partners With Thiess

Komatsu Training Academy (KTA) was awarded a national apprenticeship training contract by leading mining services contractor Thiess.

“We are offering three sets of qualifications, which have been customised, as part of our targeted training package specifically developed for Thiess apprentices,” said Janine Gurney, KTA’s General Manager. The three sets of qualifications being provided to Thiess by KTA are AUR30316 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology, MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering, - Mechanical Trade, and MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering, - Fabrication Trade.

“At KTA we focus on what is really needed by our clients,” said Janine. Examples include up-skilling for production improvements, improved fuel efficiency, reduced wear and tear, lower operating costs, better preventive maintenance, and greater safety. “This partnership brings together two organisations passionate about delivering quality training and achieving quality outcomes.

“It’s about working together to provide an excellent, solid foundation for Thiess apprentices so they gain the necessary skills to develop a successful career within the resource sector,” she said. “Thiess’s commitment to developing the capability of its workforce, aligns with our vision to design and deliver training programs tailored to our clients’ needs.”

Janine said, “All too often today, training is merely focused on churning out numbers of trainees. At KTA, we recognise there is a major difference between a key technician who is merely competent, compared with one who is truly proficient at their job and these differences can translate into significant benefits to a company’s bottom line”.

KTA is a proud nationally registered training organisation that provides technical, operator and management courses for Komatsu customers, which since being established in 2016, has undergone significant growth. It is headquartered at the Komatsu Technical Education Centre (KTEC) in Brisbane, which over the past few years has become the company’s primary training centre for operators and technicians in Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.

This facility is one of the region’s most advanced technical training facilities for mining, earthmoving and utility equipment.

In addition to Apprenticeships KTA also delivers a wide range of other nationally accredited training programs: from business management and leadership training, to Restricted electrical licencing, working at heights, first aid, through to technical and electrical training for fitters and operator training for reliability and production. KTA’s programs are customised and can be delivered at a KTA facility or on-site to meet customers’ specific needs.