QUAL­ITY ED­U­CA­TION, TRAIN­ING ‘CRU­CIAL’ FOR SEC­TOR

Central and North Burnett Times - - CLASSIFIED­S - TO AC­CESS THE GUIDE, VISIT MIN­ER­ALS.ORG.AU/CA­REERS

MORE than $60 mil­lion in min­er­als higher ed­u­ca­tion has been in­vested by the Min­er­als Coun­cil of Aus­tralia since 2000 to de­velop the world­class min­er­als ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor de­liv­er­ing the skills needed in the in­dus­try to­day.

It be­lieves in­no­va­tion, peo­ple and skills – com­bined with tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances – will de­liver a more glob­ally com­pet­i­tive min­er­als sec­tor in Aus­tralia.

“Qual­ity and re­spon­sive ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and work­force de­vel­op­ment are cru­cial to en­sur­ing a sup­ply of skilled work­ers en­ter and re­main in the in­dus­try,” says chief ex­ec­u­tive Ta­nia Con­sta­ble.

Aside from the part­ner­ship with uni­ver­si­ties na­tion­ally, it also pro­vides an­nual schol­ar­ships to PhD and post­doc­toral re­searchers to en­cour­age in­no­va­tion and cut­ting-edge think­ing, while adding value to the min­er­als in­dus­try.

MCA is a gold spon­sor of the na­tional Teacher Earth Sci­ence Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme (TESEP), es­tab­lished in 2008 to aid the de­vel­op­ment of sci­ence teach­ers, which is en­dorsed by the Aus­tralian Sci­ence Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Nine pro­fes­sional mod­ules as well as on­line re­sources and min­er­als kits are pro­vided at no cost to teach­ers.

MCA also works with in­dus­try to de­velop and im­ple­ment ini­tia­tives that re­spond to the evolv­ing skills land­scape and in­spire the ex­ist­ing and fu­ture work­force, such as the More to Min­ing Ca­reers Guide.

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