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Submission to the Review of the Standards for the Regulation of Vocational Education and Training

“The MCA submission to National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) Review of the Standards for the Regulation of Vocational Education and Training Consultation Paper is an initial contribution to the consultation process leading to a new set of National Skills Standards for the VET sector in late 2013. “The submission was completed with the assistance of the Chamber of Mines and Energy of Western Australia, the Queensland Resources Council and Skills DMC and heavily emphasises the direct link between industry-led training and VET quality.


The business case in support of greater gender diversity on mining company boards continues to gain momentum. To help increase the leadership credentials of women in the minerals industry, the MCA is offering two Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) scholarships in 2012 for women nominated by MCA member or associate member companies.

A strong future for coal and the Latrobe Valley

The State Government’s long-term strategy for the Latrobe Valley is a welcome commitment to the development of the region and its vital industries. In the face of concerted challenges, such as the Federal Government’s new carbon tax, The Latrobe Valley Industry and Employment Roadmap released today provides a long term strategy for local communities under pressure.


In 2012, enrolments across the minerals industry core disciplines of Earth Science, Mining Engineering and Metallurgy indicate some clear emerging trends. Mining Engineering enrolments are dramatically higher in the first and second years of study which will result in increased graduates in 2014-15. Earth Science enrolments, although down in the first and second years of study, are higher in the third year of study which is the pool from where honours students are drawn. Metallurgy enrolments are down across all years of study, a reversal of trend from a few years ago. It would also appear that the effects of the financial correction in 2008-9 no longer impacts on students considering professional careers in the minerals industry.

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