Skills Centre changes name to Kinetic Group

 The Mining Industry Skills Centre has changed its name to the Kinetic Group.

According to Kinetic, it changed the name of the group in response to industry demand on defining its position in the market place.

However this is not the first name change for the organisation, which has been in operation since 1994.

Established as the Queensland Mining Industry Training Advisory Body as part of the government’s ‘smart state’ agenda, it re-launched as the Mining Industry Skills Centre in 2006 and its work as an independent body.

According to Kinetic Group CEO Derek Hunter "the rebrand is critical to ensure the needs of industry are being met.

"Ultimately, the commitment of Kinetic Group as the skills advisor to the resources sector is reliant on our relentless focus on the needs and future direction of the industry," he stated.

Kinetic will continue in its role as a skills advisor for the resources industry, and the development of programs to meet the challenges of training, education, and workforces.

This change in name comes as the industry faces a massive dearth of skilled miners across Australia.

It is predicted that Western Australia’s Goldfields region will need an extra 10 000 workers in 2012 alone.

However while there are many people applying for jobs, with Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal regularly seeing more than 400 applicants for its entry level jobs, specialised workers like control systems engineers, maintenance engineers, and maintenance planners are in high demand.

Drake International national audit manager Lyndall Patterson previously told Australian Mining applicants without mining experience found it difficult to secure a job in the industry.

"Mining is a very technical and specialised profession," she said.

 "If somebody doesn’t have the right background and skills it’s going to be very hard for them to find a job."

"It takes a long time and a lot of money to train people for these roles so if employers have the option they are going to take an experienced person."

Despite this numbers have still skyrocketed.

"The resources industry has been in sustained growth since 2002 with predictions that it will continue to peak until 2015," Hunter said.

"With increased production needs, an ageing workforce and a changing dynamic of skills required, a severe skills shortage exists industry wide. This has significant implications on the national economy and requires a strategic solution, a solution we have the expertise to deliver."


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