Qube Ports & Bulk – Trainee Profile

If it wasn’t for twist of fate on the football field, Michael Barry may never have found his vocation as a stevedore in his coastal hometown of Portland, Victoria. The town’s bay is the only deep-sea port between Adelaide and Melbourne, and its maritime industries handle 5,387,411 tons of imports and exports annually. Barry, who works for Qube Ports & Bulk, drives cranes, forklifts and the transfer hopper to load and unload commodities such as logs and fertilizer. He also loads and unloads trucks as a wharf hand when shipments of ingots or livestock arrive and lays dunnage to help ensure cargo isn’t damaged during transportation. He can turn his hand to any of these tasks because he’s one of 290 stevedores Qube has up-skilled with a Certificate III in Transport and Logistics (Stevedoring), a qualification developed by the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council and afforded under the National Workforce Development Fund. “I wasn’t really expecting to get a certificate that would be Australia-wide, for all the ports,” Barry says. “It sort of surprised me when I found out that I have a qualification and that I could go to all the ports in Australia.” Barry’s enthusiasm coupled with Qube’s focus on training and development will eventually see him upskilled to operate a gantry crane which, in-turn, will broaden the scope of his employment. Now 24, Barry had originally chosen a “normal job” on leaving high school, as a sheet metal apprentice, with little awareness of transport and logistics careers. Being qualified can open doors for career progression to any Provet warehouse in Australia and New Zealand. But after...

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...

Anna Kerrison – Women Moving Australia

Women Moving Australia Case Studies Name: Anna Kerrison What is your job title? Production Manager Which company/organisation do you work for? Patrick Port Botany – Sydney Autostrad Terminal Job description (in 25 words or less!): I run a team of Autostrad robotic cranes. Production Managers optimise terminal efficiency by managing the systems and equipment that move containerised freight between shipping, road and rail operations. What studies have you undertaken? Over the years I have enrolled in several VET qualifications including Cert IV Trainer /Assessor which led me into some fantastic training across various industries. My undergrad university studies were in Marketing, Spanish and Psychology and I’m now half way through a Masters in International Development, which is all about developing countries. I’m interested in the plight of Seafarers so I focus my assignments on that issue when I can. Tell us about your experience in the transport & logistics industry. I’ve worked in various roles, with a heavy focus on Learning & Development, Employee Engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility in road transport and now ports. I recently managed a team of Workplace Trainers at Patrick, most of whom have been stevedores for 20 years or more so that was extremely rewarding, educational and a real career highlight for me. By far the most surprising role is the one I do now. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d be sitting in a control tower overseeing the inputs and outputs of a major container port. It’s challenging and rewarding in equal parts and I feel very privileged to be working with home grown, world class port technology. Which...