Qld experts to help Indian workers

STRUGGLING to score a job in the mines? You're not alone.

In fact, the doubly frustrating skills shortage in Australia - a shortage of skills but a glut of untrained workers - is also a challenge in India.

With years of experience distilled from battling our own booms in Queensland, the state is exporting expertise to an Indian School of Mining that will open mid-next year.

The institution will not be training foreign workers to ready them for jobs here; but will use our Australian training to fill gaps in the Indian industries.

Trade and Investment Queensland has been working on this project for more than 12 months.

A Queensland Government spokesman said the program would match education and training groups which specialise in mining with the emerging school.

"The goal of the school is to provide India's mining industry with much-needed skilled labour," he said.

"Given Queensland's expertise in the mining industry, there are huge opportunities for Queensland's mining training industry to export their services to India."

The number of students to attend the school was yet to be decided.



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