Mining giant, BHP has committed to funding 3500 new apprenticeships and training positions in an $800 million major skills and technology package.
The package will comprise of three key areas of development over the next 5 years including 2500 apprenticeships and traineeships through BHP’s FutureFit Academy, a further 1000 skills development opportunities in regional areas and spending $450 million in contracts with Australian MET companies.
These new positions aim to support employment, business opportunities and skills development in the mining, equipment, technology and services (METS) sector.
As the Australian resources sector only currently employs 8836 apprentices and trainees, this package from BHP will see an investment in future talent in highly skilled roles to deliver essential products.
BHP CEO, Mike Henry commented that it’s 5-year commitment to training and apprenticeships will be good not only for the company but the country as a whole to recover for the economic impacts of COVID-19.
“As Australia looks to rebuild its economy and provide jobs for the future, the mining industry has an important role to play as Australia’s biggest export earner employing hundreds of thousands of people,” Henry said.
“Providing apprenticeships, skills and training opportunities for Australians of all ages and all walks of life, particularly in our regional communities, is a commitment we can make to help Australia bounce back.”
Minerals Council of Australia CEO, Tania Constable, supports the $800 million package describing it as great news for young people and communities in mining regions across Australia.
“Australia’s minerals industry is supporting jobs and regional economies in their time of need,” Constable said.
“Regional Australian communities need more support as the nation rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit young Australians and their job prospects hard.”
Along with BHP’s commitment, the Australian Government will be supporting up to 1000 regional mining jobs by launching its Mining Skills Organisation Pilot in partnership with the minerals industry.
This means over the next five years 5000 new apprenticeships will become available across Australia.
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