Encouraging innovation in the workplace

TEN more workers at Nyrstar’s Lutana zinc smelter have completed their Certificate IV in Competitive Systems and Practices.

The training course, which is delivered by Tasmanian-based management consultants Productivity Improvers, helps identify practical solutions to workflow problems around the facility.

Course graduate Robert Smith said while many workers were cynical at first, they soon came on board the program.

“It’s hard to stay cynical when you can see it working,” he said.

“Even I wasn’t sure it could work at first, then I realised a lot of it is common sense.

“Now it’s about passing what we’ve learnt onto others.”

Nyrstar’s Hobart plant manager Richard Curtis said the program had also freed up workers to fill labour shortages in other parts of the site.

“It’s never been about shedding jobs, it’s about making life easier and safer which is good for everyone who works here,” he said.

Presenting certificates at the graduation ceremony, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer, paid tribute to the hundreds of workers who keep Nyrstar competitive in a global marketplace.

“The Nyrstar zinc smelter has been an iconic part of Hobart’s northern suburbs for a century, employing generations of hard working Tasmanians,” Ms Archer said.

“By continuing to innovate and up-skill its workforce, I hope this facility can operate here for many decades to come.

“Congratulations to everyone for getting involved.”

Seven participants from Nyrstar graduated from the program in February 2016.

Caption: Denison MP Elise Archer with course graduates at Nyrstar’s Hobart plant in Lutana.

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