Posted on 21 Sep 2011
On Tuesday 15 March 2011 the Minister for Skills and Jobs, Senator Chris Evans, released the Government’s response to the National Resources Sector Employment Taskforce report. Senator Evans said “funding is being targeted at practical, industry-based solutions designed to deliver skilled workers”.
The Government is accepting all of the 31 recommendations detailed in the Resourcing the Future report which provides a comprehensive workforce plan for the resources sector. Implementing the recommendations is the first stage of a National Resource Sector Workforce Strategy.
“The strategy will immediately assist the resources sector meet its increasing demand for skilled labour while maintaining the national momentum on addressing skills shortages,” Senator Evans said.
The Government has also opened the $200 million Critical Skills Investment Fund to partner with industry to provide training and employment opportunities.
Targeting the resources, construction, renewable energy and infrastructure sectors, the CSIF provides Australian Government co-funding for industry workforce development projects to up-skill existing workers, and train and place job seekers into new positions created by the strong growth of these industry sectors.
Priorities for the first round of the Critical Skills Investment Fund will be rapid and innovative training responses that are tailored to meet employers’ immediate skills needs.
Delivering on an election commitment, a Fly-In Fly-Out Coordinator based in Cairns will be appointed to match job seekers with mining, construction and infrastructure projects in remote areas across Northern Australia. If this pilot leads to a self-sustaining model, the Government may support other regional centres to establish a similar role.
These industry led responses are key components of the Government’s participation and productivity agendas, and will increase the workforce capacity of industry sectors that are growing strongly.