The first achievement of the Resource Industry Collaboration in Western Australia has delivered two ground-breaking automation courses.

The courses aim to position the state’s workers to take full advantage of the many opportunities automation is expected to deliver to the industry and economy.

The courses are the result of collaboration between the WA Government, South Metropolitan TAFE and Rio Tinto, with Rio Tinto contributing $2 million towards the new training program.

The Collaboration includes Rio Tinto and other major employers, such as FMG, BHP and Komatsu, representatives from TAFE WA, Scitech and The University of Western Australia, and was created by the WA Government in 2018 to build the skills and capabilities of the Western Australian workforce.

With the WA mining industry already a global leader in automation, the courses will strengthen the state’s innovation.

Courses will commence at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Munster campus from Semester 2, 2019.

Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations will be delivered as a pilot VET for secondary students from Cecil Andrews College, Gilmore College, Baldivis Secondary College and Karratha Senior High School.

The micro-credential course, Working Effectively in an Automation Workplace, is a skill set that trade qualified workers and apprentices can use to improve their skills in automation.

Premier Mark McGowan praised the courses as an example of industry working in partnership with government to ensure our training sector creates a highly skilled workforce.

“These new courses will allow us to maintain our competitive advantage as a leader in automation technology in Australia and ensure local people have the skills for the new jobs that are being created through technological innovation,”he said.

“They will also ensure the diversification of our economy and help Western Australians assist the mining industry well into the future.”