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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Emerging mining sector and construction industry launch skills plan

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Thursday, November 04, 2010

    Emerging mining sector and construction industry launch skills plan

    Construction industry and Coal Seam Gas to Liquefied Natural Gas (CSG/LNG) energy sector leaders gathered with Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson in Brisbane today to launch a workforce plan.

    Mr Wilson said it was a great example of industries working in partnership with government to skill Queenslanders for the jobs of tomorrow.

    “Developing a workforce to build the infrastructure needed for the emerging CSG/LNG sector involves the combined efforts of the energy and construction industries, government and training providers,” Mr Wilson said.

    “It is anticipated that the CSG to LNG industry in Queensland could create more than 18,000 jobs.

    “The workforce plan - developed by two industry centres of excellence, Construction Skills Queensland and Energy Skills Queensland - indicates that around 9000 of these workers will be needed in the construction phase.

    “We know the construction industry has been doing it tough in the wake of the global economic crisis. This plan signals new construction jobs, and industry with the support of Government will be prepared when that upturn happens.”

    The Federal Government has given conditional environmental approval two multi-billion dollar LNG developments in Gladstone.

    “Industry is working together with government to ensure the training system is focused on up-skilling current industry workers and training potential workers in the required skills,” Mr Wilson said.

    “Industry-led, targeted training strategies generate better outcomes because only the industry fully understands the nature of the skills needed.

    “To address the expected skills demand, the government established the CSG/LNG Industry Training Fund - a $10 million, two year, joint industry training fund.”

    Mr Wilson also said the Bligh Government had established a new industry-led skills and workforce development body - Skills Queensland.

    “Skills Queensland will work closely with industry to ensure we’re skilling Queenslanders for the jobs of future,” he said.

    “Skills Queensland will be led by an independent, strategic board with members from across industry.

    “It will be backed by a skills investment fund of up to $100 million from government and industry, and will work in much the same way as the $10 million CSG/LNG Industry Training Fund.

    “The Bligh Government is focused on the future, and in partnership with industry we're building for the recovery by ensuring Queenslanders have the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

    “We want all Queenslanders to have the opportunity to be part of the thousands of jobs coming online through the CSG/LNG industry.”

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