Nathan Sharpe recently attended the Diggers and Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie so we asked him a few questions about the event.
Why did you attend Diggers and Dealers this year?
Everything in life is about learning, Diggers and Dealers is a great opportunity to learn what’s going on in the different sectors like gold, iron ore, nickel and the rest of it and get a better understanding of the difficulties facing those sectors and how we can help solve those problems.
Did you talk to many influential figures?
“Yeah, I got to talk to heaps of influential people from the industry, unfortunately I did miss John Howard on Monday morning but from all reports he opened the event with a great keynote. I think he set the tone for the whole event, talking about how important the resources sector is to Australia.”
Did you see or experience anything new there?
“Yeah definitely you always see something interesting in the hall, one of the stalls had an underground simulator which let you experience operating underground machinery in virtual reality.”
What was the standout experience you had the event?
“Yeah probably the general level of professionalism, everyone there is really trying help each and help the industry succeed. You know from 8 – 5pm everyone is engaging and looking at how they can work with each other and of course at night time everyone goes and has some casual beers. It is a very unique event in that regard everyone is there for 4 days so you really get to know the people you’re meeting with.”
Would you go back again?
“Yes would definitely go back again, the general positive atmosphere of the whole event really makes it one of the highlights of the year.”
Visit to The Fitzroy Carborough Downs Mine
Nathan Sharpe recently had the opportunity to visit The Fitzroy Carborough Downs underground coal mine in central Queensland.
The trip was part of SES Labour Solution’s continued partnership with Fitzroy Australia Resources. Nathan remarked that seeing the Fitzroy approach in a live operating environment was an important piece of the puzzle as development of the new Fitzroy Ironbark No.1 mine progresses.
“Underground mining is a very close knit community, you have to look after your mate next to you, its very similar to the high performance culture of a sporting team” – Nathan Sharpe.
The values and teamwork present at Carborough Downs will form the building blocks of the culture that is created at Iron Bark No.1. “We want to replicate and take that culture to the next level”- Nathan Sharpe.
The trip wasn’t all business though, Nathan got his hands a little dirty and travelled down underground to see the longwall coal mining machinery in action.
“For anyone that hasn’t had the opportunity to go underground and see a longwall machine cut coal, it’s an incredibly impressive sight!” – Nathan Sharpe.
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SES Labour Solutions’ Nathan Sharpe recently took a trip to Brunel’s international headquarters to meet with some of the organisation’s top leaders and talk strategy, building knowledge-sharing networks and the current climate of global recruitment and labour markets.
While in Amsterdam, Nathan spent a number of days with Brunel International CEO Jilko Andringa, founder Jan Brand and a collection of other leaders from across the Brunel’s global network, including Brunel Australasia Business Manager Mike Duncan.
“Brunel are running a global leadership development program, so they brought together about 16 leaders from offices around the world to learn about leadership, industry trends and just to get to know one another,” Nathan said.
“It was about Brunel investing in the next generation of the company’s potential leaders.”
Brunel International was founded in 1975 and has since blossomed into a global network with over 10,000 employees and 104 branch offices in 35 countries. SESLS became part of Brunel in late 2017 and have since become an integral part of the group’s Australasian operations.
Despite the extensive globe-trotting Nathan has done in the past, particularly in his capacity as a player and captain of the Australian national rugby team, this was his first visit to the Netherlands.
“Amsterdam is an amazing place and there was a lot for me to try to take in. Brunel’s office alone was quite an eye-opener in terms of scale and culture – the building is cutting edge with a great environmentally-friendly setup including a full cafeteria where employees can enjoy a discounted lunch together.
“Brunel’s been around for a long time and walking through the physical centre of the organisation you really get a sense of that history and scale, and you really do feel the success and energy within the company.
“For me it was a really positive, affirming experience. One of the key reasons that SES Labour Solutions became part of Brunel was the cultural alignment between the two companies. Brunel believes in building things and have a genuine appetite for investing in people and projects rather than treating opportunities as transactions. Walking through their headquarters you certainly get a feeling for that. They built a business around the idea of backing people and it’s clearly part of the organisation’s DNA.”
SES Labour Solutions is proud to partner with Round Oak Minerals to place 50 new mining production roles at the Barbara open pit gold and copper mine, 60 kilometres north-east of Mt Isa.
Though currently untouched, the greenfield site is expected to spring into action rapidly. Work is scheduled to commence in March with a view to producing the mine’s first ore by mid-2019.
The site will require a wide range of vehicle operators with open cut mine experience, including haul trucks, dozers, graders, excavators and watercarts as well as heavy duty fitters and servicemen.
SES Labour Solutions Executive General Manager, Nathan Sharpe said the mine represents a golden opportunity for northern Queensland workers.
“The mine’s schedule will be structured around 12 hour shifts, through a 2/1 roster, which means there is tremendous potential for skilled and motivated workers to earn well – but there is also stability on offer too, as our intention is to engage these workers for the full duration of the mine’s expected two-year lifespan,” Mr Sharpe said.
However, he cautions that what they are seeking in candidates is more than just experience.
“Given that Barbara is an unestablished greenfield site, we’re particularly mindful of the impact this group of new workers will have upon the mine’s emerging culture. It’s very important to both Round Oak Minerals and SES Labour Solutions that we bring in people who not only match the skillsets required, but will actively contribute toward creating the strong culture of efficiency and productivity we want for the site.”
SES Labour Solutions is primarily interested in engaging locals residing in the Mt Isa and Cloncurry areas, but will also be considering suitably qualified workers from Townsville, Brisbane and other parts of Queensland as needed.
For more information or to express your interest in the roles available please VIEW BARBARA MINE OPPORTUNITIES HERE.
Fitzroy Australia Resources and SES Labour Solutions partnership to create hundreds of new jobs for Central Queensland locals
SES Labour Solutions and Fitzroy Australia Resources (Fitzroy) have entered into an innovative partnership to deliver training, development and recruitment solutions at the new Ironbark No.1 underground coking coal project in Queensland.
SES Labour Solutions will deliver the cultural assessment, training requirements and recruitment activities needed for Fitzroy’s Ironbark No.1 mine development in Central Queensland. The project, which is located 35km northeast of Moranbah, is expected to create over 350 ongoing jobs for the region – 50% of which have been earmarked for workers who are new to the mining industry.
SES Labour Solutions specialise in providing true partnerships to mining organisations, offering a full scope of workplace solutions that are flexible by design. The team are focused on cultural alignment of candidates, safety and long-term appointment of the people they place. Providing clients access to a pool of candidates that deliver on safety and stability.
Fitzroy acquired the neighbouring Carborough Downs mine and Broadlea project from Brazilian mining giant Vale in November 2016, along with a portfolio of development and exploration projects. Ironbark is to become the first new development from the suite of Vale assets acquired by Fitzroy, and will share major infrastructure with Carborough Downs.
With a focus on being a modern and innovative operation, Ironbark No. 1 will be an owner operated underground longwall and bord and pillar mine.
Fitzroy Chief Executive Officer Grant Polwarth described the SES Labour Solutions partnership as important in de-risking the development of Ironbark No.1.
“Employing some 350 new Fitzroy personnel is very exciting for our business and the region and it comes with both great opportunity and challenge. Partnering with SES Labour Solutions to not only help recruit and train our new workforce, but further enhance our culture and vision of being a people business that mines coal is another way of challenging industry norms.”
SES Labour Solutions Executive General Manager, Nathan Sharpe said that Fitzroy’s innovative practices and people-centric approach made the partnership a logical alignment.
“Fitzroy are a future market leader in the mining industry, always looking to push the boundaries on traditional mining methodology. What Fitzroy have achieved at Carborough Downs in such a short space of time is a remarkable result already. Their focus on people, and in particular, their desire to drive performance at individual and team levels, is second to none within the industry.
“The team at SES Labour Solutions is looking forward to working hand-in-hand with Fitzroy to bring new workers to Central Queensland and the mining industry, and ensuring that those individuals become part of high-performing teams which will yield wins for the mine, workers and the local community.”
Recruitment for the new underground mining roles is expected to begin in Q4 2019.