Skills initiative launched to tackle mining skills shortage

Resource industry employer group AMMA have launched a new government-backed program aimed at up-skilling Australian’s to work in the mining industry.

Partnering with the Australian Government, and other peak industry bodies, AMMA will facilitate Skills Connect- an initiative aimed at delivering speicalised training and skill development programs aimed at getting more local people into resources jobs.

AMMA’s executive director of industry Minna Knight says there are plenty of jobs in the sector and many people just need some training in order to fill positions.

“Australia’s mining, oil and gas operations are recording a phenomenal average employment growth of 25 percent a year,” she said.

“It’s not unusual for any one project to require thousands of workers with specialised skill-sets during the critical construction phase and this demand is forecast to intensify as a $500 billion pipeline of resource projects create 90,000 jobs by 2016.”

“With this acute skills shortage on the horizon, AMMA Skills Connect is one way the industry is working proactively to create a greater pool of Australian workers with highly adaptable qualifications and technical abilities.”

Knight said that a pilot program with Consolidated Contracting Company and XLT Trainers to develop a scholarship program highlights the success of such initiatves after the first graduates were offered positions as trade assistants.

Knight said the initiative will give companies access to ‘services ranging from school-to-work programs, traineeships, apprenticeships, verification of competency and migrant gap training and labour sourcing.’

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