QUALITY EDUCATION, TRAINING ‘CRUCIAL’ FOR SECTOR
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.