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Industry leaders to discuss workforce planning, skills development

SkillsDMC is the National Industry Skills Council for the mining (metalliferous and coal), drilling, quarrying and civil infrastructure sectors. The conference, says Steve McDonald, the CEO of SkillsDMC, will provide an opportunity for industry leaders to discuss ?major strategic initiatives for workforce planning and development and plan for the future?.

?It takes time to see the results of workplace training initiatives,? Mr McDonald adds, ?and the industry needs to discuss major strategic initiatives for workforce planning and development, and plan for the future.?
The event will feature keynote addresses from: 
  • Ray Barker, chair of SkillsDMC.
  • The Honourable Senator Chris Evans, the Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations.
  • Keith Spence, chair of the Critical Skills Investment Fund Advisory Board.
  • Michael Manthorpe, deputy secretary, Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
  • Rob Duvel, the NSW/ACT and New Zealand operational services manager of Leighton Contractors. Bruce Watson, chief executive officer of AusCoal Super.
  • Greg Lilleyman, managing director of the Pilbara mining operations, Rio Tinto.
  • Michael Pascoe, economy and finance commentator, and Master of Ceremonies.
  • Andrew Vickers, the general vice president of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. 
High on the agenda for discussion at the conference will be Version 2 of RII09, SkillsDMC?s rationalised national training package for the resources and infrastructure industry. This will further streamline the qualifications and competencies and increase the portability and recognition of skills across the resources and infrastructure industry.
SkillsDMC says that RII09 potentially impacts over 500,000 employees and thousands of companies across Australia. It allows employers to more easily identify and recruit candidates with the skills and qualifications relevant to their operations, across both sector and State lines.
?With qualified and experienced workers moving from company to company and project to project, the industry has long realised the need to support the portability of skills, and reduce the costs of retraining talent as they transition across sectors,? says Mr McDonald. ?The revised training package allows for greater flexibility in upskilling the workforce to help fit the right skills to the right job at the right time.?
The conference commences at 8.30am on Wednesday. It will conclude with the gala SkillsDMC Chairman?s Awards and Dinner, from 7.00pm that evening.
To make a last minute registration, contact SkillsDMC, tel 02 9299 3014, email
Source: SkillsDMC/Impact Communications

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