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Kevin Hunt: Five Years At METL

Posted 27th July 2017

Last year when we passed my four year anniversary I remember joking that it would only be twenty minutes until I hit five years and had to write another one of these - and that seems about right.

The past year has been busy for METL. The setup of the METL RTO has been ramping up, with the building being completed and the red tape currently being handled to commence delivery in the near future.

Separate to that our GTO operations have been continuing. The downturn in the industry has led METL to reduce the number of trainees we are putting through to the minimum required by our Host Employers, but we have been continuing nonetheless.

CSL, our longest-running Host Employer, has recently started out another group of trainees who will serve their seatime exclusively aboard CSL vessels. This is the second year that CSL have committed to hosting a group of trainees solely aboard their vessels, rather than having them rotate through swings with other Host Employers in addition to CSL. This exclusive hosting provides the TIRs with a deeper understanding of CSL vessel operations and company culture, in addition to building up a series of performance reviews that can be taken into consideration for future employment opportunities with CSL.

Kevin Hunt: METLs Operation Officer

On top of that there has been a recent update to the IR training package, which always lends itself to extra work when we bring on unemployed TIRs to complete their seatime. That extra work is worth it, though, since it means we’re able to assist a seafarer from within the industry who’s having a hard go of it finding somewhere to complete the required seatime to achieve their IR ticket.

We’re also slated to run through a GTO audit in a few months, which is always an interesting experience for us, since we’re the only dedicated maritime GTO in Australia. In many instances this means we find ourselves experiencing a ‘square peg in a round hole’ scenario with regards to the Australian training framework that we operate within. Having said that, we’ve set up a great system here, and expect to easily meet audit requirements, as we did during the previous audit a couple of years ago.

Since we’re talking about meeting requirements I’ll also take the opportunity to pat METL on its collective back, since we have recently been advised that METL has been confirmed once again as a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace. The process of reaccreditation was just as rigorous as the initial application, with a large spread of evidence being provided to show that METL as an organisation, and we as employees, lived and breathed the White Ribbon message of ending violence against women in Australia.

We’re already up to August at this point, which seems to have happened overnight, so I’ll see you in another twenty minutes for the next of these updates.

METL Maritime Training Centre Update

Posted 26th June 2017

Following the practical completion of construction and official opening of the METL Maritime Centre in April, the builder and various trades have been engaged to rectify minor defects.

Side view of METL Maritime Centre

“We’re happy with the result,” said CEO, Simon Earle. “The architect has designed some really functional spaces, with a good balance of professional and industrial style, and the builder has done a great job transforming that vision into a reality.”

RTO Operations Manager Rob Simm adds: “The classrooms are decent sizes and upstairs we have the flexibility of 2 full-size rooms, which can open into a large theatre-style space. We plan to make the facility available to third parties who might need a training room, meeting room or office space on a day-by-day basis.”

Our classrooms

The next phase of the build, preparation of the warehouse floor, has commenced. This is where the hands-on application of the knowledge delivered in the classroom will occur, and ultimately, it is here where competency will be assessed. “This space is critical in METL determining whether the people we train can be signed off as competent, and be issued with the appropriate statements of attainment and licences” says Rob Simm.

The 1400m2 of warehouse floor has been designed to accommodate concurrent delivery of multiple high-risk training and assessment sessions without compromising on safety. Being indoors, it will be possible to operate in all weather. The floor is currently being sanded, and demarcation zones painted prior to finishing. Rob Simm explains, “We’ll have forklifts driving on here, cranes shifting loads, scaffolding being erected. The warehouse floor is probably the most important element of the build and needs to be able to stand the test of time.” Fencing, bollards and barriers will also be installed to maintain safe access and separation of training zones.


The warehouse floor getting a makeover 

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