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Local lawmaker fights for 4-year degrees at CAC

Maricopa native and District 23 lawmaker Frank Pratt is fighting to allow Central Arizona College and Eastern Arizona College to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees in nursing, elementary and secondary education, business and mining technology.

“We have nearly 400,000 people in Pinal County and there is no way for them to get a four-year degree without venturing out of the county or logging onto a computer,” Pratt said.

To bring about the change at the two community colleges, Pratt has introduced HB 2277 in the Arizona Legislature. The bill would allow select four-year degrees at the two community colleges through the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Nominations open for Queensland Training Awards

Students, teachers and training providers who excel in vocational education and training are being given a chance to be recognised as part of the Queensland Training Awards. Employment, Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe today said nominations were open in 11 categories recognising outstanding achievements of teachers, trainers and students. “The awards set the bar high and Queenslanders are rising to the challenge,” Mr Hinchliffe said.


Job creation to save SA

Job creation seems to be government’s broad-based, sensible and sustainable solution to the nationalisation issue. Since the beginning of the year the South African government has placed particular emphasis on skills development and job creation. Mining, and its related industries, have been identified as particular growth areas.

During the opening of parliament, president Jacob Zuma said, “We have introduced a New Growth Path that will guide our work in achieving these goals, working within the premise that the creation of decent work is at the centre of our economic policies. We urge every sector and every business entity, regardless of size, to focus on job creation. Every contribution counts in this national effort.”

Government Considers 20 000 Extra Skilled Workers for Resources Sector

A new plan being considered by the Gillard government could help fill the gaps in the skilled workers shortage. As the mining boom continues, the need for labour has increased and the federal government is examining a plan to allow an extra 20 000 skilled migrants into Australia.

Treasurer Wayne Swan is under pressure from Treasury bureaucrats to increase the skilled migrant intake, particularly for Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.

TAFE steps in to ‘close the gap’

“Closing the gap” in the “disadvantage” Aboriginal people experience in employment and education in western NSW is the focus of a new Aboriginal Education and Training Unit, a TAFE Institute director said. The new team of 15 Aboriginal staff located in Dubbo, Bathurst, Orange, Broken Hill and in the north west of the state, has been formed in response to feedback from Aboriginal communities that TAFE could be doing more to meet the needs of Aboriginal people and communities.

Mining 101 Workshop in Perth, Australia

Resourceful Events reports that prior to the Mining Investment & Finance Fundamentals conference (May 31 - June 2), they will be hosting a Mining 101 workshop at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth, WA, Australia:

"Join the Mining 101 workshop to gain a comprehensive but straight forward (no jargon) explanation of what the mining industry is, and how it works. Mining 101 is aimed at people working in associated sectors (the financial community, lawyers, PR companies, equipment manufacturers, service providers, etc) who would benefit from an overview of mining, and be in a better position as a result to develop more business opportunities. Understand the industry in just one day."

Springsure and Humanis to develop training mine in NSW

PERTH - Recruitment and labour hire specialists Humanis Group will acquire a 49% interest in Springsure Mining, which will build a training mine near Newcastle in New South Wales to provide practical and theoretical training. Humanis said on Tuesday that the agreement would provide the group with a compelling selling proposition to supply mine site trained personnel to the industry.

The training mine would seek to tackle the recent and expected future shortage of skilled labour by means of a practical real-life mining operation, MD George Gelavis said.