A new short course is being piloted with the Western Australian resources sector to meet strong demand for drill rig operators.
The Driller’s Offsider Job Ready program is among a suite of new skill sets developed in collaboration with WA industries to deliver short, sharp training for job seekers and young people enabling them to upskill or reskill in industries with a need for skilled workers.
The new program, which is part of the WA Government’s $5.5 billion investment in WA Recovery Plan initiatives, will provide participants with skills to work safely on site, apply first aid and CPR, work safely at heights and operate and maintain a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Expressions of interest for the new program are now open, with the first intake of students scheduled to start training with registered training organisation Australian Training Management next month.
The training is free for all job seekers, young people, and concession-eligible students and low-fee for non-concession students.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said there is a strong demand for driller’s offsiders and the WA Government is continuing to deliver new training programs to meet workforce needs across the resources sector.
“This new Job Ready program offers a low-cost and fast-track training option to help Western Australians into entry-level driller’s offsider jobs, while providing a pathway to full drilling operations qualifications and employment,” she said.
“Strong industry involvement in the program helps to link participants with employers and orientation with the working environment to ensure the industry is a good fit for them.”
Resources Industry Training Council manager Amanda Hamilton said she applauds the WA Government on this response to what is clearly an area of urgent need for the state’s mining and resources sector.
“The challenges of the current skills shortage for the sector have been well-documented and drilling is one area in which the impact has been particularly acute,” Hamilton said.
“This program will help address both current and future needs by equipping participants with the skills they need to be on site right now, and also providing pathways to training that can deliver further drilling qualifications down the track.
“Importantly, the Driller’s Offsider Job Ready initiative has been developed with the assistance of the drilling industry and, in particular, the support of the Australian Drilling Industry Association.”
Prior to commencing the training, participants will undertake a one-day induction delivered by industry to introduce them to a driller’s role and working environment.
On completion of the course, students will be connected with opportunities to transition into employment, undertake a traineeship with a participating employer or further their training to gain a drilling operations qualification.
To register interest in the Driller’s Offsider Job Ready program visit here.