MMG Century continues tradition of apprentice excellence

08 Sep 2010 12:00 AMMedia Release

MMG Century’s tradition of excellence in apprentice training has continued, with one of the mine’s mature-aged apprentices recognised as one of the best in the industry.

Troy Kumsing, a fourth year diesel fitting apprentice, was selected as one of three finalists in the Mining Industry Skills Centre Apprentice of the Year Awards. Troy attended the Awards Ceremony in Brisbane, accompanied by his supervisor and mentor, over the weekend.

While not a podium finish, Troy’s selection as a finalist demonstrates the commitment of the mine’s 63 trainees and apprentices to achieving great things during their apprenticeships and traineeships.

Starting off in Century’s heavy vehicle tyre management facility about 10 years ago, Troy worked his way up to a supervisor position before deciding to pursue a mature-aged apprenticeship in diesel fitting after some time as a Trades Assistant.

“I wanted to try something new while moving forward with my career so starting an apprenticeship seemed like the next step. It’s been a good decision as I really enjoy what I do and being part of the heavy vehicle workshop team.

Century General Manager Karl Spaleck said that Troy is highly-regarded by his crew and well on his way to achieving his goal of being a shift supervisor in the Heavy Vehicle Workshop.

“With his extensive experience and commitment to excellence, Troy is one of the key motivators in his team.  Furthermore, although he’s only just about to complete his apprenticeship Troy is already considered to be one the most capable mechanics in the workshop.”

Troy said being a mentor and role model to other Indigenous people from Gulf communities working at Century is also important to him.

“As a local Indigenous person, I often talk to people on site, and within my community, about the doors that can be opened by gaining a trade qualification. I talk about my life at the mine, what study is involved and the support that has been provided to me and other apprentices over the years. 

“I want to be a positive role model by showing younger generations that given the opportunity and the right attitude that you can achieve anything.”

Troy plans to continue working at Century as a diesel fitter after he completes his apprenticeship later this year.

MMG Century apprentice Troy Kumsing.

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Jillian D’Urso
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