More adult mining apprenticeships will be offered in high-demand trades to help Queenslanders take advantage of the resources boom.
The plan is the result of two mining summits last year. Premier Anna Bligh has outlined a new plan to help fill a projected 40,000 new mine jobs by 2020.
The plan recommends more adult mining apprenticeships, resource-sector employment coordinators in regional centres, and high school [mining focused] programs to fast-track students into further education and training for mining jobs.
“We want to make sure that Queenslanders come first, and the best way to do that is to give them the skills to take advantage of these mining opportunities,” Ms Bligh told parliament recently.
Mining benefits belong to every Queenslander
“Everyone needs to share in the benefit … this should be for all of us …
“Our future can’t be carved up and dished out to the privileged few, the well-connected or those born to rule. It belongs to every Queenslander.”
Coal mining is booming in the Galilee and north Bowen basins, and the coal seam gas industry is steaming ahead in the Surat Basin and in Gladstone.
More adult mining apprenticeships for Qld