The Australian Aboriginal Mining Academy (AAMA) has signed an agreement with Curtin University and Carey Mining to advance education and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people in services that help the resources sector.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between the parties in Kalgoorlie with treasurer and minister for Aboriginal affairs Ben Wyatt and minister for regional development Alannah MacTiernan.
AAMA founder and Carey Mining managing director Daniel Tucker said the company had an ongoing commitment to improving the social wellbeing of Aboriginal people and a belief that education was one of the core drivers that provided employment opportunities.
“With mining having occurred in this resource rich region for approximately 125 years, and Kalgoorlie home to Curtin’s WA School of Mines, recognised as one of the most respected and prestigious providers of courses of study for the global mining industry, it was only natural to consider the Goldfields region for the Academy,” Tucker said.
“The AAMA is excited to collaborate with Curtin University’s WA School of Mines. Working together, we will seek how best to provide programmes and opportunities to Aboriginal people in the Goldfields region.”
Curtin’s WA School of Mines Kalgoorlie director Sabina Shugg said the university was committed to working with industry to encourage more students into careers in the mining and resources sector.
“We are delighted to be working with the Australian Aboriginal Mining Academy and Carey Mining to help inspire the future Indigenous mining workforce and develop pathways into Curtin University,” she said.
“This exciting partnership will seek ways to combine outreach programs, enabling courses and the expertise of Curtin’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies to strengthen and support the education opportunities available for Indigenous people in the Kalgoorlie-Goldfields region.”
The McGowan Government’s Regional Economic Development Grants program awarded Carey Mining a grant for a study to define the education and training needs for the Goldfields resource sector to assist in the establishment of the Australian Aboriginal Mining Academy in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.