Funding fast-tracked for Moranbah skills centre

AN additional $518,355 of government funding will help fast-track the development of a Coalfield's Engineering Skill Centre at Moranbah in the northern Bowen Basin.

Staff Reporter

The Australian Government has already injected $1.37 million into the skills centre, to be built on the grounds of Moranbah State High School and run in partnership with the local TAFE.

Expansion of the project has been propelled by the phenomenal growth in mining activity in the Bowen Basin region of Central Queensland.

The centre will deliver accredited training including Certificate III in Engineering, which will help meet the growing skill needs of the mining industry in the Moranbah region.

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the funding for the new facility, which will include a machining and engineering shop to house welding bays, lathes and milling machines and a robotics training room.

QRC chief executive Michael Roche said the announcement by Vocational and Technical Education Minister Gary Hardgrave was a strong endorsement of the Moranbah community and further recognition of government leadership in the development of industry skills.

Queensland Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald said the strategic location of the centre in the Bowen Basin would ensure its long-term effectiveness and viability.

“I have seen first hand in recent years demand for skilled workers in the mining industry continue to soar,” Macdonald said.

“This centre will ensure that as the resource sector prospers we will continue to have first-class skilled workers for this vital Queensland industry.”

Earlier this year, the Moranbah hub of the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy was launched to provide secondary school students with direct pathways to careers in the resources sector.

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