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TRADESPEOP­LE and univer­sity-trained work­ers alike are re­quired for the min­ing and min­ing equip­ment tech­nol­ogy ser­vices (METS) sec­tors that pro­vide work for a to­tal of 1.1 mil­lion Aus­tralians.

Half of the work­force has a vo­ca­tional per­spec­tive, with 38 per cent of work­ers hold­ing a cer­tifi­cate III or IV qual­i­fi­ca­tion, 8 per cent hold­ing a diploma, and 4 per cent pur­su­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship or trainee­ship.

Mean­while, more than one-fifth of the min­ing work­force has a univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion. Min­er­als Coun­cil of

Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Ta­nia Con­sta­ble says de­mand for highly skilled work­ers from vo­ca­tional as well as ter­tiary back­grounds to pro­vide min­er­als and met­als will re­main strong long into the fu­ture.

Con­sta­ble says most things that Aus­tralians use in their daily lives are made from mined min­er­als, and with global pop­u­la­tion growth and a rapidly es­ca­lat­ing de­mand for en­ergy and in­fra­struc­ture, peo­ple are us­ing min­er­als and met­als more than they ever have.

“There are a lot of ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments in the min­ing in­dus­try in re­cent years which make it a great place to be for a long-term, re­ward­ing and chal­leng­ing ca­reer,” she says.

“The min­ing in­dus­try has un­der­gone a pe­riod of sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion in the past decade; mas­sive in­vest­ment sup­ported many con­struc­tion jobs in the in­dus­try as new mines, pro­cess­ing plants and in­fra­struc­ture were built.

“Now that these projects have been built, Aus­tralia is pro­duc­ing new record vol­umes of iron ore, coal, baux­ite, gold and lithium, along with nickel, cop­per and other com­modi­ties to meet grow­ing global de­mand.

“This pro­duc­tion phase of the boom will last for a much longer pe­riod – mines typ­i­cally take a few years to build but can run for con­sid­er­ably more than 20 years. These op­er­at­ing mines are of­fer­ing many new po­si­tions in the in­dus­try, with more than 17,000 new jobs in the re­sources sec­tor cre­ated since 2016.”

Con­sta­ble says Aus­tralian min­ing com­pa­nies in­vest heav­ily in train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ees with fre­quent op­por­tu­ni­ties to up­skill on as well as off site dur­ing their ca­reers. It is in ad­di­tion to the ap­pren­tice­ships and trainee­ships avail­able to school leavers and ca­reer chang­ers, who can gain on-the-job ex­pe­ri­ence and a na­tion­ally recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion while get­ting paid at the start of their ca­reers. The in­dus­try em­ploys ap­pren­tices and trainees at dou­ble the rate of the na­tional aver­age (2 per cent).

More than 35 per cent of ap­pren­tices are em­ployed in tra­di­tional trades such as metal trades, au­to­mo­tive and elec­tri­cal. “The min­ing in­dus­try has a great story to tell: our high-skill, high­wage work­force is younger, bet­ter­paid, bet­ter trained and has a much higher share of ap­pren­tices than other sec­tors, with aver­age full-time weekly pay of $2659 more than 65 per cent higher than the all-in­dus­tries aver­age,” Con­sta­ble says.

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