The Australian Government will invest and support skills development through the $2 billion Job Training package, setting up an opportunity for Australia’s resources and energy employers to lead the economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA highlighted that the government’s investment in 100,000 extra apprentices and $500 million to train or resell 340,000 school leavers and unemployed would help more Australians access diverse, highly-paid and rewarding careers within the industry.
AMMA director operations Tara Diamond said that for the funding to deliver long-term, positive outcomes for both employees and employers, it must be targeted to address key areas of skills demand and shortages.
“Employers want to know specifically how the type of training is determined and what modelling will be used to identify the skills most in demand,” Diamond said.
An AMMA Workforce Modelling report, released a few months prior to COVID-19, estimated that new resources and energy projects would create around 21,000 new long-term jobs in the resources and energy industry by 2024.
Diamond added that the pre-COVID workforce modelling showed a demand for 8660 mining equipment operators, 2847 heavy diesel hitters and 970 other trades-people across electrical, mechanical and maintenance.
“Factoring in construction trades required to build new resources and major public infrastructure projects, and the demands will be far greater,” Diamond said.
“More trainees and apprentices with the right skills in the right areas, will be critical for our nation’s economic recovery.”