Bid to fast-track fly-in fly-out
MINISTER for Education Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek will order Skills Queensland to crack open its information vaults in an effort to fast-track the establishment of a fly-in fly out workforce on the Fraser Coast.
Mr Langbroek made the commitment to help drive the Regional Development Australia funded fly-in fly-out initiative while in Hervey Bay during a weekend visit to meet with educators, training organisations and various community leaders.
He said too many silos existed between, and within, government departments and indicated he would move to overcome this obstacle to ensure proper workforce planning for the FIFO project.
"I want Skills Queensland to provide more information so those involved in the fly-in fly-out initiative can learn about who is here," he said.
"Under my ministry there is also Energy Skills Queensland, Construction Skills Queensland and other bodies and they have all told me that the whole reason they exist is to provide advice as to where people with workforce skills are based.
"Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett (RDAWBB) did a great job but now it needs the information on who is driving to the mines and who is flying to the mines.
"A lot of people have given up on looking for a job and we want to change that."
This year RDAWBB won funds to employ a full-time officer to organise a fly-in fly-out workforce and link it to jobs in the resource sector.
The Fraser Coast Council and RDAWBB have conducted surveys with local people currently employed in the mining industry and those with skills that are required in the sector.