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Mining Skills Deal for Private Public consortium

Monday, June 12 2017

A consortium of private and public vocational training partners - Queensland Skills & Education Consortium (QSEC) - has signed an agreement with India’s Skill Council for Mining Sector (SCMS) to enhance the capability of workers in the Indian mining industry.

Contributing to the growth of one of the most important industry sectors in India, the partners will work collaboratively to upgrade Indian mining qualifications, enhance the value of training and embed Australian standards into training programs to enhance productivity of workers in the Indian mining sector.

The agreement illustrates the benefits of “working together smarter” and recognises consortia members TAFE Queensland and Australian Retail College India for their work over the last twelve months building international capability and solutions for India’s mining sector. The consortia will also draw on other member’s expertise in training for specialist areas.

“This agreement is recognition of Queensland’s ability to deliver the highest quality training solutions sensitive to the price and scale demands of India. It is a great chance for us to demonstrate how high-quality training solutions can add value, and we look forward to working with SCMS on making this a success.” said Sam Freeman, QSEC Director.

QSEC is led by Australian Retail College India, an international subsidiary of long term ACPET member First Impressions Resources.
SCMS is tasked to develop skill competency standards and qualifications, benchmark these with national and international standards and work with the mining industry in public-private-partnership mode. Supported by India’s Ministry of Mines, it was established under National Skill Development Council (NSDC) guidelines.

Queensland's global business agency Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) plays a key role in supporting the work of QSEC.

QSEC Directors Sue Freeman and Sam Freeman along with TAFE Queensland’s Jenny Salonen surrounded by Indian colleagues at the MOU signing.


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