GCR Mongolia Opens Training Centre

GCR Mongolia is a joint venture that combines the expertise and experience of three accomplished partners, each with compatible but diverse skillsets to provide clients with a complete solution to construction, infrastructure, and mining development projects throughout the region. With the combined skills and strengths of Gobi Infrastructure Partners, Clough, and RUC Cementation Mining, GCR Mongolia offers a level of project delivery which is unmatched in the market and it is already being recognised by Oyu Tolgoi, one of the world’s largest new copper and gold mines.

GCR Mongolia recently opened its own Training Academy in Ulaanbaatar and is committed to providing increased opportunities to develop and upskill the mining industry workforce through theory and practical based training, coupled with on-the-job experience in the mining and construction industry.

Through the GCR Training Academy, all employees will receive the relevant theoretical and practical training to ensure they have the awareness, knowledge and tools to manage inherent risks that are common within mining and construction. GCR Mongolia were successful in their tender for the 3A Underground Material Handling System and 6B Sinking of Shafts 3 and 4 as part of the Oyu Tolgoi Underground Project, which enabled the construction and implementation of the GCR Training Academy. GCR Mongolia officially opened its GCR Training Academy in order to engage and upskill its 800-strong national workforce through skills transfer, diverse training programs, and certified education, alongside experienced Clough and RUC Supervisors supported by global management systems.

Mr Batzorig E. from the GCR Mongolia Board of Directors explained that the Training Academy will ensure employees receive the necessary, certified training, occupationally-directed skills, and safety training required as part of the Oyu Tolgoi Underground Project.

“By doing this, we will increase the opportunities for our employees to use their transferable skills and knowledge on other regional or international projects,” he said.

“One of the largest problems faced in the mining industry is ensuring workers have the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to ensure their workplace and environment is safe.”

The GCR Training Academy has a 130-person capacity, with three lecture rooms and one e-learning facility equipped with computers. The facility also includes nine practical training showcase facilities, with more than 30 expatriate professionals from leading internationally-recognised companies providing training, skills and knowledge transfer, and instruction for working safely in the shaft sinking field.

Outdoor practical training facilities exist for shotcrete and formwork, mucking trainers, slow sinking, working at heights, scaffolding, single arm jumbo training, rigging, and hotworks including: oxy, welding, and grinding.

The GCR Training Academy currently aims to upskill people involved in the hotworks (welding/grinding) and working at heights fields as they are directly involved in the current Oyu Tolgoi Project.

GCR Mongolia is committed to ensuring all training provided is both nationally and internationally recognised to increase future opportunities for their workforce.

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. Lest we forget. When the First World War started on 28 July 1914, John Oswald Clough (Jack) was quick to enlist in the army. He was sent to camp at Blackboy Hill outside Midland Junction and trained on No.4 gun. At the end of October, he embarked at Fremantle and left for Egypt. After some months training at Mena Camp outside Cairo, he joined thousands of other ANZACs in the landing at Gallipoli on April 25 and remained with his battery at the Dardanelles for the next eight months until the allies were withdrawn on December 19, 1915. Like many others, Jack was then sent to the Western Front with the 1st Australian Division fighting in Pozières, Ypres and Flers. He was injured for a third time in the Battle of the Somme in 1917 and awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. While recovering, he was commissioned and ended up a Lieutenant before returning to the front for most of 1918, when gunshot wounds to his arm and knee invalided him home. On his return, Jack formed a building company called Clough Brothers with his brother Bill in 1919.