Curtin University‘s agricultural campus Muresk will soon open its doors to the mining industry.
Part of a new program designed to addressed the industry skills shortage; it aims to train up to 5000 miners a year, according to In My Community.
The program has the support of Ausdrill and Site Group, which focuses on resources training.
Site Group chairman Vernon Will said he hopes the training facility would be operational by as early as the end of the year.
"We’ve spoken to government and now industry contractors, and are moving forward with the proposal to push for an industry driven training facility that provides skilled workers to the resource industry," Will said.
The Muresk site would have its own accommodation and areas to operate mining machinery.
Wills added that the program could potentially provide a step into the mining industry for former refugees from the nearby by Yongah Hill Detention Centre.
Floyd Sullivan, head of the Muresk Old Collegians, stated that the campus’ focus should remain on agriculture, but added that Muresk needed to expand its contributor base.
"It’s always a worry that students will be more attracted to the mining sector but it’s always going to occur and there’s little we can do to stop it," Sullivan said.
"The two industries can co-exist as long as it does not detract from the long-term sustainability of Muresk as a tertiary agricultural and agribusiness education campus."
Site Group recently established an agreement with Philippino mining equipment company Monark to establish a training facility and program.
According to Site, the agreement will see Monark supplying Caterpillar diagnostic equipment and heavy machinery for use by Site in its training programs.
In return Site will renovate several of Monark’s buildings, including an undercover workshop and a 100 000 square metre area for training, live diagnostic testing and operator training; train personnel, and build trainee accommodation.
The two will work together to jointly commission a pilot marketing program to test market demand for the new heavy diesel skills training facilities.