BMA leadership program addresses coal safety

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BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has commenced its supervisor development program in Queensland to set workers up on the path of leadership in 18 months.

The company-first program is participated by 44 developing production and maintenance supervisors who will enhance their technical experience, complete legislative coal competencies, develop operational leadership skills and build workforce capability during the remainder of the program.

Participants completed their core inductions and covered topics including safety and health management systems, Queensland coal mining obligations and mental wellness during the first week.

A BMA haul truck operator, Christine Ashby, who has worked in the mining industry for almost 10 years, joined the program to advance her career.

She said there was a significant shift towards greater inclusion and diversity in the sector, but admitted there was still some way to go.

“You don’t see too many female pre-strip supervisors so when I was told I had a role in the program I was quite surprised,” Ashby said.

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity and I know this program will provide all the right foundations I need to develop as a leader but also deliver value to the operation.

As part of the program,  participants will be shadowing a leader for the 18-month period on site.

“It’s really the best of both worlds – while we’re getting all the theoretical information through the program, we’re also shadowing a leader for the 18-month period on site – learning from their skills and industry knowledge,” Ashby said.