As part of the Australian Government’s $585 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package, the Government has established a Skills Organisation pilot for the mining sector.
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The Mining Skills Organisation Pilot will shape the national training system to be more responsive to the skills needs of employers within the mining sector – from the identification of skills needs, to qualifications development, through to improving the quality of training delivery and assessment, and will engage with other reforms occurring across the national training system where relevant.
The Mining Skills Organisation Pilot is one of three Skills Organisation pilots that will inform broader improvements to the national training system. The Australian Government has also announced pilots in the human services care and digital technology sectors.
The initial phase of the pilot is led by a small steering group that will undertake projects and collaborate with industry on development of a detailed design for the longer-term model.
The current Terms of Reference for the steering group are available, which may evolve over time.
The Minerals Council of Australia will act as co-contributor to the pilot. In the coming months sector stakeholders will have opportunities to contribute to the development of:
- short term projects to improve the relevance, responsiveness and quality of training
- a model for the longer term operations and priorities of the pilot and a proposed future work plan, including governance arrangements to ensure the formal pilot entity represents the broad interests and needs of the mining sector.
The pilot will put in place arrangements to ensure the perspectives of employers, unions, broader industry and other key stakeholders in the sector are considered.
It will establish targeted working groups (where required) and a broader consultative group to keep the sector informed of progress and opportunities to contribute. Further information on these arrangements will be made available in due course.
The pilot will work with existing bodies across the VET sector on areas of shared interest and crossover to minimise duplications of effort and maximise the opportunities from this reform.
Steering Group Membership as at April 2020
Additional steering group members may be added at a later date.