South Metropolitan TAFE recently held a 10 day study tour that focused on showcasing Australian workplace health and safety standards in the oil and gas, mining and construction industries.
19 students and two lecturers from Chongqing University in China attended lectures, workshops and site visits to local industries including WA Limestone, Newmont gold mine Boddington, Alcoa Huntley bauxite mine and Roy Hill.
The tour took place across South Metropolitan TAFE campuses including
Jandakot (AeroSpace Training Centre) and
Munster (Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training – ACEPT).
Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology and
Diploma of Process Plant Technology recently became the first vocational courses of their kind in Australia to be accredited by Engineers Australia.
The participants all agreed the study tour was very worthwhile and were impressed by the high workplace health and safety standards at South Metropolitan TAFE.
"I will bring the knowledge of the Australian work health and safety program to China for our development," said Qimeng Wang.
Li Xuelian said: "The good thing about this study tour is that it opened my eyes seeing the importance of engineering, technology and security safety in Australia. Thanks to TAFE and our teachers."
"I learned a lot about industry, safety and health. Learning about safety legislation of the mining industry was very enlightening and I will make some changes when I go back to China," said Manli Wang.
A farewell ceremony with an Aussie barbecue theme was hosted by the hospitality section at the
Bentley campus to thank the Chinese students and staff for their participation.