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Mining Industry Spends Big on Training

04/04/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A new study sponsored by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and conducted by the highly respected National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows the mining industry has made a significant investment in training workers for mining jobs. In fact, the vast majority of mining training for financial year ending 30 June 2012 has been conducted by the industry with over $1.1 billion spent compared to a $26 million contribution by government training subsidies.





STEM Skills Shortage Creates Recruitment Barrier for Resources Industry

02/04/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A new report from the Australian Industry Group found employers are experiencing difficulty finding employees with the appropriate skills. The Lifting our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills report surveyed 500 businesses in across multiple sectors of the economy and found sobering evidence to suggest Australia will fall behind competitively because we won’t be able to meet production and innovation requirements.





Mentoring Program for Construction Apprentices Announced

26/03/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A new program announced by the Australian government last week is designed to help construction and building apprentices complete their training and enter the workforce. The Construction Apprenticeship Mentoring Scheme (CAMS) is a joint project between the government and the Master Builders Association and is part of a national focus on providing support for industry employees.




2014 Graduate Programs Now Open for Australian Resources Industry

13/03/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Employers in the Australian resources industry have begun to advertise for graduate programs with work starting in 2014. While graduation may seem a long way off, if you plan on finishing your degree this year, you need to start thinking about where you’re going to work. Now is the time to start answering job advertisements for these positions.




Jobseekers, Focus on Spelling and Grammar to Get Ahead

08/03/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A recent article in the West Australian newspaper provided shocking statistics about higher education graduates. The Australian Industry Group surveyed 500 employers and more than 40% of them confessed to being disappointed with the basic literacy skills of higher education graduates. This is a particularly disturbing result as hiring managers insist on perfection in spelling and grammar, especially on the resume and cover letter.




New Report on Australian Jobs Earmarks Training Investments

08/02/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
In a new report released by the Australian government, Aussie Jobs Looking Forward Looking Back, Bill Shorten, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations describes some of the initiatives designed to train the Australian workforce to ensure we stay competitive in a global market. One of the largest training packages in Australia’s history is being rolled out with an eye to future industry demands of the Australian workforce.




Engineering Trades Training Gets Another Kickstart

30/01/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
With a continuing shortage of skilled trades people in Australia, the Apprentice Kickstart Initiative has been reinvigorated to encourage more apprenticeships in key roles. Engineering trades including Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (both Avionics and Mechanical), Fitter, Fitter and Turner, Fitter-Welder, Metal Fabricator, Metal Machinist, Pressure Welder and Toolmaker will benefit from a new payment scheme.




Division of Mining and Resources Engineering at Monash University

12/12/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Monash University in Melbourne will establish a Division of Mining and Resources Engineering on the back of a $5 million in donations Melbourne-based MMG and Newcrest Mining Limited. It’s another example of industry working to upskill, train and retrain the Australian workforce.





One Week Left to Apply for 2013 NSW Mining Scholarship

07/12/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
If you’re a student in Year 10 or 11, you only have one week left to apply for the NSW Mining Scholarship worth up to $3500. The NSW Minerals Council (NSWMC) is inviting students to apply for a 2013 NSW Mining Scholarship. If you’re thinking of becoming an engineer, why not consider a career in the mining industry?





Chevron Gorgon Project Hits Employment Milestone

05/12/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Last week WA Department of Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien recognised an employment milestone connected with the Chevron Gorgon project. The CB&I Kentz Joint Venture hired their 1,000th employee. The contract, valued at $2.2 billion will eventually create more than 1,650 local jobs. The big news, in our opinion, has to do with future traineeships and apprenticeships on the project.





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