Qube Ports & Bulk

Qube Ports & Bulk is the pre-eminent provider of wharf-side port logistics and port management services in the Australian region. It offers logistics services extending from port and facility development, vessel management, warehouse and distribution, stevedoring services and cargo handling. Stevedores Qube Ports and Bulk (QP&B) do everything in bulk, including up-skilling their workforce. 160 not out With a presence in Australia since 1852, Qube Ports & Bulk currently handles more than 20 million tonnes per annum of bulk products. Over 25 percent of QP&B’s 1900 workers are enrolled in training programs, including 290 under the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF), delivered by Registered Training Organisation, the National Learning Centre. QP&B national learning and development manager Helen Lord says the company is building a culture where learning is valued as opposed to a “tick a box” training environment. Lord says the move to reposition learning as a viable mutual investment is “not an easy shift”. “Typically, many an operations manager just looks at compliance requirements as well as the need to be able to run the operation tomorrow,” Lord says. But Lord offers anecdotal evidence that, under the NWDF, managers are beginning to move that mindset and uncover new talent in their workforce. “I was speaking to the operations manager in Portland and he was saying that he’d taken the opportunity to get some young guys, about six or eight 20-somethings, onto the Certificate III in Stevedoring under the NWDF. “To develop some machinery skills, he put them in the cranes, and he was blown away. He said he doesn’t know if it’s all the video games they’ve played over the years or what, but he said their mechanical aptitude was just phenomenal. “He’s now got all of them operating complex machinery that he wouldn’t have otherwise known they...