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BHP commits $800 million to boost mining workforce

02/10/2020
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BHP has announced its commitment to increase Australia’s mining workforce through a fund that will create 3,500 new apprenticeship and training positions throughout the industry as well as supporting existing and emerging local businesses. 

BHP is committing nearly $800 million to training and supporting workers over the next five years
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Nearly $800 million has been allocated by the mining firm for workforce support over the next five years. Of this money, $300 million has been earmarked for the BHP FutureFit Academy to create 2,500 apprenticeships and traineeships. The academy currently offers 12 month maintenance traineeships or trade apprenticeships that will offer full trade qualification and skills for key roles in operations services. 

A further $30 million will be invested into developing advanced apprenticeships and short courses in new areas of “potential future workforce demand”. This is being developed along with the Australian Government and includes plans to launch 1,000 skills development opportunities across a range of sectors in regional areas. 

And $450 million has been committed to support business opportunities in the mining, equipment, technology and services sector. Local businesses will be given the priority for contracts to support BHP with products and services, with money also going to investments in local technology pilots and emerging businesses.

“Providing apprenticeships, skills and training opportunities for Australians of all ages and all walks of life, particularly in our regional communities, is a commitment we can make to help Australia bounce back,” BHP’s CEO, Mike Henry, said in a media statement. 

“These investments will create a pipeline of future talent in highly skilled roles, working in an industry that delivers essential products to the world and generates export dollars that keep the Australian economy strong.”

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