Rio Tinto invests in Australia's first ever nationally recognised automation qualifications to help prepare its employees and the wider workforce for the STEM-based jobs of the future

Rio Tinto launches pioneering automation courses

Rio Tinto launches pioneering automation courses

Rio Tinto is a progressive employer preparing its employees for the jobs of the future. Together with the West Australian Government and representatives from the resources industry, the company has launched Australia’s first nationally recognized qualifications in automation. It’s one of many ways Rio Tinto is pioneering progress.

Rio Tinto says the courses are the first to provide education pathways to jobs in the area of autonomous operations. They will provide workers in the resources sector with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in an increasingly STEM-based industry.

The result of an historic collaboration

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The courses, which are the result of an historic collaboration between Rio Tinto, South Metropolitan TAFE and the Western Australian Government, are accredited by the Training Accreditation Council (WA). Rio Tinto has contributed up to A$2 million to the development of the new qualifications.

Rio Tinto is piloting a Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations which will be introduced to TAFE curriculum and tried out in the iron ore workforce. It will also be piloted for Year 11 and 12 students in selected high schools across the state.

A Working Effectively in an Automated Workplace micro-credential course for trade-qualified, apprentices and technicians will also be available. In addition, a Certificate IV in Remote Centre Operations is in development.

Investing in training during an innovation and technology shift

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Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury joined West Australian Premier Mark McGowan, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and representatives from WA’s resources industry to launch the new certificate courses.

Chris commented: “Australia’s workforce is in the midst of an important shift, as innovation and technology create new business models across all industries. Mining has moved to become a genuine leader in innovative technology and we recognise the critical need to provide effective education programmes and opportunities to help our people succeed in this new era.

“We believe these courses will make a long-lasting and positive difference to the lives of many Australians. It will help ensure our industry remains globally competitive and is a leader in innovative technology.”

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