The Premier Anna Bligh has announced that there would be 500 funded training places offered across Queensland to combat skills shortages in the mining sector. The announcement was made at Queensland’s leading trade and technician training TAFE institute, SkillsTech Australia.
Welcoming the Premier at the institute’s Heavy Commercial Vehicle and Diesel Fitting Training Facility at Acacia Ridge recently, SkillsTech Australia Director Mary Campbell said that the $1.2 million ‘Resources101’ course aims to give unemployed or under-employed Queenslanders a direct way into the booming mining sector.
The funded five-week training course will offer basic skills to students, covering safety induction, base-level engineering skills and general industry training.
Given the projected requirement of 38,000 mining jobs between now and 2014-2015, initiatives such as the funded training program will ensure that Queenslanders are at the forefront of these opportunities.
According to Mrs Campbell, their $13 million training facility at Acacia Ridge is equipped with the latest technologies as well as up-to-date training and industry standard resources to ensure that the institute delivers apprentices to fill skills shortages in the mining industry.
In addition to developing industry partnerships, SkillsTech Australia is also receiving support from the Queensland Government to ensure that these world-class facilities and training can meet industry requirements.
Mrs Campbell adds that the Queensland Government has committed more than $200 million to the development of facilities at SkillsTech Australia to address skills shortages with more than $162 million invested till date.