Queensland Future Skills Partnership
BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) – the largest producer and supplier of seaborne metallurgical coal with seven mines across the Bowen Basin – identified a need for the fast-tracked development and delivery of automated technology pathways, skill sets and qualifications for an open-cut mining environment in Queensland.
The response was a multi-million-dollar collaboration between BMA, TAFE Queensland and CQ University Australia, the Queensland Future Skills Partnership. This partnership has developed and is now delivering new programs to prepare the Mining, Equipment, Technology and Services sector workforce for emerging skills demands and employment opportunities of Industry 4.0.
Genuine Client Focus
The cornerstone to the partnership’s success is using targeted, current and authentic industry and community engagement, research and analysis to inform decision-making and planning.
Vocational education and training has a critical role to play in supporting industry, workers and communities to adapt to this change and ensure the future and security of regional and remote jobs. TAFE Queensland has a reputation for excellence in training product development and CQ University values the regional focus they’ve built with BMA.
Professional Project Management
The partnership’s governance and engagement model brought together the resources sector, researchers and government, to co-design and support the implementation of training programs led by a centralised program management office.
The partnership demonstrates how training providers can work with industry in emergent areas, in response to workforce development needs in regional Australia.