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Qantas staff re-train through Australian Training Management

Australian Training Management (ATM) is happy to help individuals retrain for new careers due to COVID-19-related employment disruptions. Many Qantas staff have come through ATM since the business was forced to make 5000 staff members redundant in March due to the pandemic and consequential travel bans. ATM sees excellent potential for individuals transferring their skills from the aviation industry into mining roles. 

A Qantas flight attendant was one of the many in WA who found themselves unemployed due to COVID-19. This circumstance prompted a shift towards a career in the mining industry, but the new trainee wasn’t sure where to start. Initially, she enrolled in the ATM Articulated Dump Truck Course and then worked with ATM Managing Director, Alan Gregory on a course program to improve employment opportunities. Through Alan’s mentorship, she also undertook Heavy Driving and Water Vehicle training, because the combination of the three courses would give her well-rounded entry level experience. Meanwhile, Alan spoke to ATM mining partners to find potential dump truck driver positions. Fortunately, this led to a job opportunity on completion of the courses, and she was back on track with a new career.

Another ex-Qantas staff member lost her job as a Boeing 787 Dreamliner pilot for the Perth to London flight. She enrolled in the ATM Forklift Training, and again, Alan stepped in to help. He offered the training program at a heavily discounted rate because assisting people to obtain work is what ATM is all about. After hearing the success of the Qantas flight attendant, she completed the same three courses to increase her chances of gaining employment. ATM’s mining partners came through with a job offer for the pilot once her training was complete. 

ATM’s pleasure in facilitating a positive outcome for trainees is not about money; it’s about doing the right thing for the community and helping individuals find and achieve career success. Since the facilitation of these outcomes, Alan has been in discussions with the Qantas People Services Team to spread awareness of the courses and potential employment opportunities for other individuals. There is enormous potential for collaboration between leading RTOs and Qantas to help people gain employment in the mining industry. The similarities of the aviation and mining industries, including the focus on health and safety, make the switch a seamless, sensible and cost-effective option for employers.

Pictured: ex-787 Dream Liner pilot, Shelley Kent, pictured on the job as a dump truck driver.