Mining industry chiefs in Queensland and Western Australia have teamed up to adress the chronic shortage of skilled workers.
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and the WA Chamber of Minerals have signed a memorandum of understanding to work with each other and the Federal Government, to train thousands of potential employees.
The QRC’s Michael Roche says the two states should not be fighting over a limited pool of workers. Queensland has government subsidies available to those looking to up skill themselves with machinery tickets or high risk licences.
62,000 new mining jobs by 2015
“When the mining industry in Australia faces the prospect of having to find 62,000 people to fill new mining jobs by 2015, we had to decide do we go into fierce competition with WA or do we cooperate and try to grow the pool?” he said.
He says the states have to work hand-in-hand with Canberra.
“It is a collaboration and we, of course, are looking forward to working with out own respective state governments and hopefully the state governments will get involved with this exercise,” he said.
“This is all about growing the pool of available workers for the resources sector instead of just competing for a diminishing available supply of workers.”
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