New opportunities for WA apprentices!

Rio Tinto and TAFE partnership creating new jobs.

In partnership with South Metropolitan TAFE (SMTAFE), Rio Tinto will cover course fees for up to 200 displaced apprentices to complete a recently accredited automation qualification. The micro-credential course for apprentices and technicians was developed jointly by Rio Tinto and SMTAFE to give students the knowledge and skills to work at top-tier automation facilities. The course will be delivered in four-day blocks from 1 June to 31 December at SM TAFE's Munster campus. The automation qualifications were developed by the Resource Industry Collaboration led by Rio Tinto, the WA Government and SMTAFE.

Course information is available on the SMTAFE website

The State Government has also welcomed news that Rio Tinto is continuing to recruit workers in various roles, with more than 300 jobs currently on offer.

"This is a great example of the State Government and industry working together to rapidly respond to the changes in WA's economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic." Premier Mark McGowan says. "WA is a global leader in automation and this course will allow Western Australians to take full advantage of the many opportunities automation is expected to deliver to industry and the economy. I congratulate Rio Tinto and South Metropolitan TAFE for making this opportunity possible for displaced apprentices to stay at the forefront of technological development in the resources sector.".

Speaking about this opportunity, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "If you're an apprentice who has been impacted by COVID-19, now is the time to upskill and gain the skills and knowledge required to work in an automated environment. TAFE is an important pathway for Western Australians looking for retraining opportunities, setting workers up for new jobs being created through technological innovation.".

Read the full media statement here