BHP has teamed up with the Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) for the Future of Work Program that will create as many as 1,000 new training opportunities for individuals in regional areas of Australia.
The program, for which the mining operator has invested A$30 million, will offer advanced apprenticeships as well as short-course and skills training that will address local workforce needs and help it meet a goal of strengthening the country’s economy.
“The advanced apprenticeships and short courses offered by the Future of Work Program will help develop the workforce of the future,” said BHP President Minerals Australia Edgar Basto.
“Australians will be able to re-skill, embrace technology and find new jobs in many sectors, not just mining. We are proud to play our part in helping Australian communities on the road to recovery.”
In addition to helping unemployed, young and Indigenous Australians in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales to develop their skills and provide better employment access, the program will also back small, medium and Indigenous-run businesses as they upskill their employees, “including skills to work in an increasingly digital environment and take advantage of new opportunities created through the economic recovery.”
BHP, according to company data, employs about 45,000 people in Australia. In the 2020 financial year, the miner provided more than $A33 billion in value to the nation’s economy.
In October 2020, BHP committed to creating 3,500 new apprentice and training positions in Australia while increasing business opportunities for Australian METS sector companies. It earmarked about $800 million over five years for its effort.