Certificate in Civil Construction, Quarrying and Mining
I was a builder for 8 years and wanted a change in occupation and lifestyle and the mining industry appealed.
So I left the North Island and came to Greymouth to do the Certificate in Civil Construction, Quarrying and Mining and the blasting programme at TPP.
They teach a really good skill set and you gain an insight into the industry and make good connections. You learn how to use a lot of different machinery like bulldozers, diggers, trucks, rollers and compactors.
The hardest thing is to get your foot in the door in this industry and the course helps you get in. I am now working for Orica Mining Services in Westport. It’s a worldwide blasting company and because they are so big there are huge opportunities.
I am really glad I made the move to retrain, it’s been really positive.