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The scale of technology and level of innovation is constantly changing in resources and the sector is getting on with the job of training the next generation of resource employees said the Queensland Resources Council.

QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said industry along with TAFE Queensland and the State Government is delivering a training program focused on teaching digital skills needed by industry.

“Mining is no longer just about digging holes, instead what we are seeing is resources companies building high-tech capacity into their operations to improve safety and efficiency,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“Queensland resources companies are investing in automation and people including coders, programmers and data analysts.

“This joint initiative is another example of industry and Government working together to not only skill people but connect them to companies through employment pathways.

“BHP, Anglo American, Peabody, QGC and Evolution Mining are onboard with the first round of training starting in Moranbah next week than Emerald, Moura, Chinchilla, Gladstone and Townsville.

TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mary Campbell said the training would reach hundreds of industry employees across coal, metalliferous and gas sectors.

“The customised intensive training will upskill existing employees and prepare workers for the roles of the future,” Ms Campbell said.

The project aims to:

  • Upskill the current minerals and energy workforce in foundation and intermediate digital literacy skills to improve understanding of “big” data capture and analysis to support project planning and future resource development.
  • Provide pathway into higher level automation achievement and certification.

The training opportunity is being made possible through a $300,000 grant as part of the Training in Emerging and Innovative Industries Fund provided through the Department Employment Small Business and Training.

Separately, the QRC runs the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy which is a partnership between the QRC and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools program.

It teaches STEM subjects and trade skills to 60 schools throughout Queensland.


 

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