Mining was on the agenda on Friday.
Mining was on the agenda on Friday. CONTRIBUTED

Top level talks to boost mining skills

AUSTRALIA'S need for skilled resources sector workers was the impetus for a roundtable yesterday.

Resources Minister Matt Canavan convened the meeting in Brisbane and lead discussions about the emerging challenges in the sector as well as expanding and advancing the skillsets of workers.

"To ensure our resources industry and national economy flourishes into the future we must ensure the mining sector's skills base stays sharp with a talented, well-trained and capable workforce.

"We need to make sure our educational institutions and workplaces are producing the right people with the right skills to meet the future needs of the sector, making it an employer of choice,” Minister Canavan said.

"Our mining equipment, technology and skills (METS) sector has grown significantly since the mining boom, with many of our mining services companies exporting their expertise overseas. It contributes more than $90 billion to our economy each year.”

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The resources sector employs more than one million Australians - or one in every 10 jobs - and is a major employer in regional communities and capital cities alike.

"These are impressive figures and we need to build on that success through a well-trained, world class workforce.

"We must grab the opportunities in front of us right now by creating the best possible educational and training opportunities for Australians.”

The roundtable discussion will focus on recommendations from the Resources 2030 Taskforce Report and a report by the Mineral Council of Australia on workforce skills.

Roundtable participants included:

  • Minerals Council of Australia
  • Queensland Resources Council
  • NSW Minerals Council
  • Australian Mines and Metals Association
  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Rio Tinto
  • Glencore
  • Anglo American
  • BHP
  • SA Chamber of Minerals and Energy
  • TAFE Queensland
  • Curtin University
  • Monash University
  • University of Queensland
  • Western Australia School of Mines

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