SkillsTech Australia, one of the states leading TAFE institutes with over 20,000 students, has had over $200 million committed to it from the Queensland Government for the development of its facilities after Premier Bligh’s announcement of the ‘Resource 101‘ courses aimed at fast tracking new employees into QLD mining jobs.
This news comes alongside the announcement from SkillsTech Australia Institute’s Director Mary Campbell saying:
There are a projected 38,000 mining jobs that will be required between now and 2014-2015, and it is initiatives like this that will ensure that Queenslanders are at the forefront of these opportunities.
So What Does This Mean For Job Hunters Right Now?
Before you start getting too excited make sure you read this Sunshine Coast Daily article, where the head of a Mackay recruitment agency shares the story of a local with over 20 years experience as a diesel fitter, including work in quarries and with earth moving equipment had to find a mining job in Western Australia after 12 months of trying to gain a mining job locally.
Now before you give up your search, this is just one story and there are still plenty of success stories – but the mining industry is not something that guarantees a job.
Where Will These Jobs Be Coming From?
There is currently billions of dollars being invested into Central Queensland with coal tenements in the Galilee Basin, being purchased by Indian company, Adani. This is said to create as many as 10,000 jobs in the area within the next 12 months.
This is just one of the many mining projects currently in planning or development, that will aim to provide the projected 38,000 new Queensland mining jobs the government is expecting.
How You Can Prepare Yourself For When The Jobs Become Available
If you already have experience with a certain trade the visit National Apprenticeships website, where they help fast track trades people with additional qualifications to make the ‘mine ready’.
Your other option is to look into training opportunities yourself in the area that you are looking to gain work in. Courses in dump truck training are popular with unskilled workers looking at entering the industry.