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Week in Review – 04 August 2012

Posted: 4/08/2012 5:00:00 AM by Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Filed under: Mining, Training-and-Development, Job-seekers

One of the best stories we saw this week was the report on the increase in Indigenous workers on mines sites. It’s a good indication the training and development programs put in place by the mining companies are bearing fruit. We were also encouraged to hear about the $15.6 billion investment the government is making in skills and training projects. What didn’t make us so happy to hear was the increase in mining job scams.

Here’s what made us read all the way to the end of the article this week:

ABC News

Indigenous worker numbers skyrocket in mining- The number of Indigenous people working on major mining projects in Western Australia has skyrocketed over the past five years.

EPA go ahead for deep water port near Karratha- The Premier Colin Barnett says Karratha could have a major deep water port up and running in five years, if it receives all the necessary approvals.

Australian Mining

Push for mining skills centre in Tasmania- Tasmania may soon be a national mining centre as plans are put forth to make it a resources training hub.

New NSW gold mine to create 350 jobs- Alkane Resources says it's received State Government approval for its Tomingley gold project, which will create up to 350 new jobs.

New safety inspectors hit WA mines- Four new mines inspectors have been appointed in Western Australia.

Careers and Industry Guide

Government Investing $15.6 Billion in Skills and Training - The Hon Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, spoke at the AMMA Migration and Labour Sourcing Conference in Brisbane yesterday and had some interesting information about government investment in skills and training over the next several years.

Mining Job Scams on the Rise in WA and Throughout Australia
- One of the first topics we covered in this blog was how to spot a job scam and we’ve continued to address the issue. Unfortunately, the WA Department of Commerce reports a rise in the number of job scams in the mining and resources industry in June and July of this year.

Financial Review

Mine work gains appeal for east coasters - Michael Johnston is a master of ­reinvention. As mining companies complain that they need foreign workers because Australians won’t move interstate for work, the Sydney taxi driver is bucking the trend and going west.

The Advocate

Briefing on wellbeing of FIFOs - A SIGNIFICANT number of people on the North-West Coast engage in fly-in fly-out work on the mainland in the mining industry.

Science Network WA

WA can power world electricity 50 times over, if only for infrastructure - WESTERN Australia’s concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) potential has been assessed in a world first study that has found previous assumptions overestimate realistic site suitability for the technology.

What stories did you find interesting this week?   

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