NT uni to boost number of mining tradespeople

Charles Darwin University has received a $21.3 million grant from Canberra to build a new trades facility aimed at training workers for the mining and energy sectors.

Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills, Sharon Bird, announced the grant yesterday and said new centres were still needed to supply workers for the mining sector.

Bird said the sector was still growing and industry and government alike needed to work together to ensure a steady stream of skilled workers was available for the sector.

Charles Darwin vice chancellor Barney Glover welcomed the grant and said it was an important step to ensure the Northern Territory had access to good training facilities.

Glover also said the NT was “not into fly-in fly-out,” according to AAP.

The new trades facility will also help train Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people, as well as  refugees and recent migrants, all of which account for a significant portion of the state's population.

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