Nov 25, 2020

Project hubs to boost mining sector skills pool

Project hubs to boost mining sector skills pool

Three new skills project hubs will help give the mining sector the skills, training and workforce required to continue playing a key role in Australia’s economic future.

The hubs are an initiative of the Mining Skills Organisation Pilot, comprised of employers and skills experts working to respond to the existing and emerging workforce challenges identified by the industry.

The Australian Government has allocated $50.8 million to support implementation of Skills Organisations pilots in mining, digital and human services.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprentices Steve Irons said the Mining Skills Organisation Pilot was working hard to address the future workforce challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the sector. 

“The pilot and new skills project hubs will help to modernise apprenticeships and respond to the changing skills needs of the mining industry, which is part of our plan to deliver a more responsive and flexible VET system,” he said. 

The three project hubs are:

  • An apprenticeships hub with an initial goal of accelerating new apprenticeships to modernise trades training, education and development.
  • digital transformation hub for faster delivery of training products for automation and the application of digital technologies, with the goal of integrating existing automation training products into Australia’s training package framework.
  • An attraction and retention hub to identify and test strategies that make a career in the industry attractive to those with partial or transferable skills and qualifications. 

Interim chair of the pilot and chief executive officer of the Minerals Council of Australia, Tania Constable, said they were working closely with the VET system so it was better aligned with industry needs.

“A more responsive and flexible VET system which improves skills delivery and enhances the learner’s experience will ensure the industry has access to the skilled talent pipeline it needs to continue creating highly skilled, highly paid jobs and making a significant contribution to the national economy,” she said.

“With the pace of technological change accelerating, the future minerals workforce must be skilled in technology adoption, confident in using and applying technology, adaptable and flexible to thrive now and into the future. Through MSOP, the mining industry has the flexibility to trial innovative new approaches to skills development and acquisition to complement and enhance the current system so responsive pathways and skills acquisition can create and sustain job opportunities as Australia recovers from COVID-19.”

More details about the Mining Skills Organisation Pilot can be found at https://www.employment.gov.au/mining