SKILLS shortages in mining were tackled head on recently at the launch of a pilot project directed at building the pool of skilled workers available to the Dubbo Region of New South Wales.
The pilot project is one of three to be implemented under the Australian Regional Agriculture and Mining Skills (ARAMS) Project, which arose from a Memorandum of Understanding between the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), the National Farmers Federation (NFF) and the Australian Government.
The Memorandum of Understanding facilitates collaboration between the minerals and agriculture industries to build a pool of skilled workers capable of meeting the needs of both industries throughout regional Australia.
The Townsville region in Queensland and the Upper Spencer Gulf region of South Australia have been identified as the other two pilot sites under the ARAMS Project.
The ARAMS Taskforce, which comprises representatives of the MCA, the NFF and the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), hosted a meeting of mining and agriculture employers and representatives of agencies in Dubbo to introduce the project, and to seek interest in participation in a local steering committee.
The local steering committee will provide advice and guidance on the development and implementation of the pilot project for their region.
The Taskforce is in the process of engaging a Local Coordinator to work with ARAMS Project Manager, Dennis Hoiberg of Rimfire Resources, who has extensive experience working with rural industries across the nation.
The ARAMS Project is funded by the Australian Government under the National Skills Shortages Strategy.
Minerals Council of Australia