PERTH (miningweekly.com) - Western Australia’s training providers were assisting a Mongolian delegation in government-industry relations to help meet the country’s demand for trained miners.
Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier said that West Australians could be proud that the state's training providers were recognised to be of a very high standard throughout the world, and could be used as a template for developing nations to structure their own vocational training platforms.
“With Western Australia’s experience in mining and resources, we are uniquely positioned to offer the world’s best skills training advice and assistance to Mongolia’s training centres,” Collier said.
He noted that Mongolia’s skills sector was currently experiencing peak demand with the development of the Oyu Tolgoi mine, with more than 14 000 local Mongolians involved in the construction phase.
“Once completed, the massive project is expected to account for more than 30% of Mongolia’s gross domestic product and is forecast to be one of the world’s largest producers of copper and gold.
“On that basis alone, the Oyu Tolgoi mine presents great opportunities for Western Australia’s vocational training sector to provide accredited skills expertise to our Mongolian counterparts,” Collier said.
“Western Australia is a textbook example of how governments, when working collaboratively with industry and vocational training providers, can ensure that workers are highly skilled, highly motivated and job ready to international standards.”