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Operator Academy - an industry partner

Ensuring that the Operator Academy delivers top quality learning are, from left: operator trainer, Itumeleng Shisana; operator trainer and assessor, Emily Mahani; and Operator Academy manager, Willie Haasbroek. Shisana and Mahani worked closely with the MQA team during the audit process.

The Barloworld Equipment Operator Academy has received the thumbs up from the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) following a recent MQA audit, which takes place every two years. In addition to the range of courses available to the industry, the Operator Academy is authorised by the MQA to train the elective component of the National Certificate Rock-breaking-Surface Excavation Level 3, with the MQA now granting programme approval for a further 24 months until April 2013.

Operator Academy head, Willie Haasbroek, explains further: "This elective component provides an essential introduction to a career as an equipment operator and typically runs over a period of four to six weeks of full-time classroom and practical attendance."

Topics covered include: The basic principles of safety; walk-around machine inspection procedures; understanding machine controls and their function; plus operating techniques and practical training.

"We have been accredited by the MQA since 2007," says Haasbroek. "This process ensures that our operators continue to receive nationally recognised training. We are particularly pleased that the audit came up with no major findings. The MQA referred to our learner assessment process as ‘good practice', with particular reference to the competence of our facilitators, assessors and moderators."

The auditors were also impressed with the Academy's excellent training material, as well as good housekeeping, safety standards and record keeping.

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