The Western Australian Government has announced funding that will deliver the learning materials needed to ensure training of operators of liquified natural gas (LNG) plants is recognised industry-wide.
Outlined in the state’s 2020–21 Government mid-year financial projections statement, a grant of $800,000 will be provided to South Metropolitan TAFE in 2020-21 to develop teaching, learning and assessment resources for the recently launched LNG operators skills framework.
The framework consists of a set of 15 units delivered as part of the existing Certificate III in chemical, hydrogen and oil refining.
APPEA Western Australian director Claire Wilkinson said the funding would ensure operators are taught in a consistent manner across training providers.
“With the bulk of Australia’s LNG plants and production located in Western Australia, it’s great to see the WA Government back our industry by supporting the training of local workers in these critical skillsets,” Wilkinson said.
“Developing the learning materials will enable the LNG operator skills framework to be provided to students, solving the problem of increasing costs for companies and frustration for workers who currently have to undergo new training each time they start at a new LNG facility.”
Wilkinson further highlighted that the oil and gas industry had also heard the WA Government’s message about reducing the reliance on the interstate FIFO workforce, as evidenced during COVID-19.
“Over recent months, many companies have worked hard to relocate interstate workers and their families, on both a permanent and temporary basis, to reduce the number of people movements into WA,” Wilkinson said.
“The WA oil and gas industry is committed to employing as many WA-based workers as possible to fulfil the needs and requirements of our industry. We encourage people living in WA to consider a career in the industry and complete the necessary training.”