Rinehart pours $26m into local training

Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting has committed $26 million to local training in the face of rising opposition to the company's workforce plans.

PerthNow reports the investment is a contract condition for the company's plan to use an enterprise migration agreement to import up to 1,700 skilled foreign workers.

Roy Hill CEO Barry Fitzgerald told PerthNow up to 2,000 Australian training positions would be created, including 100 trainees, 100 apprentices, and 100 Indigenous trainees, as well as up-skilling programs for workers in other industries.

Fitzgerald also told PerthNow "over two-thirds" of apprenticeships would be offered to mature age applicants.

Last month Fitzgerald said foreign workers were part of an important "de-risking" strategy for mining projects.

He also said Hancock Prospecting was "clearly on the record saying we need to bring in cheap overseas labour".

Last week over 3,000 workers marched on WA Parliament and Hancock Prospecting's Perth office to demand the company do more to train locals.

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