As part of its recently announced Queensland Future Skills Partnership with CQUniversity and BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), TAFE Queensland has put out a call for a Program Manager to oversee the development and rollout of new automation qualifications and skills.

The partnership will guide the work required to identify and build the future skills needed in Queensland’s resources workforce, including the mapping of existing skills against the future requirements for Industry 4.0, according to TAFE Queensland Executive Director Robert Petherbridge.

“We know that as the world of work changes and the rate of occupational change increases due to new technology adoption, the need to re-skill and up-skill the existing workforce is more critical than ever,” said Mr Petherbridge.

The key aim of the Queensland Future Skills Partnership is to facilitate the development and delivery of new qualifications in open-cut mining operations.

BMA last month announced it would introduce autonomous haulage trucks at Goonyella Riverside mine in Central Queensland. Asset President James Palmer said the Queensland Future Skills Partnership will drive innovation in new approaches to skilling the resources industry workforce for jobs of the future.

“As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, we are considering how we transform our technology and our workforce,” said Mr Palmer.

“The partnership will define the first wave of new skills that are required to support technological advances, and to establish the educational opportunities for individuals to acquire these skills,” he explained.

“We are keen to explore the potential opportunity for a new traineeship qualification and expanding existing trade apprenticeships to include autonomous competencies as well as an entry pathway for autonomous mine controllers.”

Mr Petherbridge said that the partnership was an excellent example of Queensland’s public training providers coming together with industry to support new and emerging skill needs impacting Queensland.

CQUniversity Pro Vice-Chancellor, Vocational Education and Training, Mr Peter Heilbuth explained that the partnership was an important step forward when it comes to engaging with industry and delivering future focused skills training. RTO 0275 CRICOS 03020E

“This skills partnership will be a gamechanger when it comes to developing innovative training, that supports future workforce requirements within the mining industry,” he said.

Further information about the opportunity to be the Queensland Future Skills Partnership Manager is available on SEEK. Applications close 18 January 2020.

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