New revolution in skills training

A COMPREHENSIVE report compiled by the Mining Industry Skills Centre, in conjunction with industry, government and key stakeholders, has become the coal sector's main defence in the battle against skills shortages.
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MISC's report: "Securing the Critical Capability: Towards an Holistic Skills Strategy for the Mining Industry"

Staff Reporter

The report "Securing the Critical Capability: Towards an Holistic Skills Strategy for the Mining Industry" focuses on the two main areas of attracting employees into the mining industry and workplace development.

MISC chief executive Derek Hunter said the strategy provides detailed, strategic solutions to benefit employees, companies and the industry as a whole.

"The Australian-first report focuses on decreasing employee turnover, providing consistent, quality training throughout the mining industry and ensuring the development of a highly skilled and sustainable workforce," Hunter said.

Among the obstacles being faced by recruiters in the mining industry, and affecting their ability to promote mining as a career of choice, is a misconception in the wider community of what it means to have a career in mining as well as the lack of consistency and clarity of career opportunities.

In compiling the report, MISC used information gained from its Heartbeat Project - which outlines the extent of the current and predicted skills shortage - as well as insights and feedback from all stakeholders of the industry.

Now that the report has been released, a Strategic Leaders Group will be assembled to oversee the implementation of the strategy and provide regular reviews of the industry's skilling needs.

"The aim of the strategy is to identify clear and accessible career pathways into the mining industry and focuses on providing both employees and companies with the knowledge and skills required to achieve set business goals," Hunter said.

"It also aims to encourage the availability of quality training opportunities to the greatest talent pool, to provide mining companies with choices when recruiting employees."

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