Young workers target Pilbara mining jobs

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A partnership between Woodside and the Pilbara Training Institute to fund new teaching equipment will help boost the amount of young people scoring mining jobs.

According to The West Australian Woodside is helping buy new equipment, including metal lathes, milling machines, and surface machines, for the PTI.

Some of the centre’s graduates are set to fill desperately needed positions on Woodside’s North West Shelf Project in WA.

The arrangement comes as Pilbara businesses voice concerns over moves to lure US workers to Australia to fill mining jobs.

The WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy said previously the Pilbara would need 34,000 extra workers over the next three to five years, and 27,000 of these would be in construction.

The West Australian reports that Karratha Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO John Lally said while Australia was short on workers local training could not be neglected.

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