New learning and development software packages have been developed for the Australian resources industry.
According to its developer, the Flynn Group, the system called Atone that has a "reporting capability that synergises all an operator's learning and development requirements, controlled by a ‘simple to use’ operating platform".
The system was developed after carrying out a two year consultation process with the industry, working with mine operators and major contractors.
According to Flynn they found that the existing systems had a number of major problems, such as:
- An inability to comply with training requirements called up by legislation and accompanying RII Units of Competency.
- An inability to secure reliable and accurate information about who was competent and authorised on equipment across the operation.
- Records being lost, misplaced or not recorded correctly.
- Management unable to clearly demonstrate training compliance across production crews and other departments due to unreliable information and reporting systems.
- Difficulty maintaining employee skill profiles leading at times to breaches in legislation and site Safety & Health Management Systems.
- An inability to efficiently schedule training across the workforce often resulting in lost revenue and unnecessary tension between the training and production areas.
- Excessive time taken to induct and prepare employees for job roles.
- High turnover of skilled employees within the organisational structure leading to ‘knowledge management’ breakdown.
After identifying these issues, the Flynn Group carried out a review to determine whether there were online training systems available to solve these problems.
The review uncovered numerous generic Learning Management Systems, however there was no one customised solution that could specifically address the needs of the industry.
According to the Flynn Group, the program they developed, focused on five key points.
It focused on Workforce Planning, such as competency status and authorisations, and five year rolling workforce plans; Training Management & Compliance, which includes the tracking of current and previous skills for individuals and departments, an induction program aligned to the 'Standard 11' competencies, and online log-books; Reporting & Records Management, which keeps track of on-site authorisations and certificates, logging training hours (and the training attendees themselves) on a continual basis; Training Packages, with around thirty online RII units of competency assessment, and theory content pre-loaded, with Statements of Attainment provided at no additional costs through Flynn's RTO Well Grounded; and Electronic Card Access Systems, which is able to interface with the data base and competency register that provides all card holders with an overview of their current competencies and plant authorisations simply by swiping their card.