Skills shortage solution

RIO Tinto and The University of Queensland (UQ) have signed a five-year $2 million partnership to address skills shortages in the mining engineering sector within Queensland.

A MINING resources company has provided $2 million funding to a key research centre to come up with solutions to skills shortages.

Rio Tinto and The University of Queensland (UQ) have signed a five-year $2 million partnership to address skills shortages in the mining engineering sector within Queensland.

The collaboration will support a range of teaching and research activities aimed at improving mine planning and operations.

“Staff and students will be exposed to technical challenges facing Rio Tinto and our employees will gain better understanding of talent and facilities that exist at UQ which could solve some of the technical challenges,” Rio Tinto’s Group Executive for Technology and Innovation Dr Grant Thorne said.

Rio Tinto agreement is the latest of UQ’s mining industry partnerships with the University also having similar support from the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and Xstrata.

Last year, there was a 20% increase in students in Queensland enrolling in university engineering courses, according to the UQ.

www.uq.edu.au/news

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