Training centre to strengthen Queensland CSG

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh launched a specialised coal seam gas (CSG) and gas transmissions pipeline operations training centre at SkillsTech Australia’s Acacia Ridge training centre in December to combat skills shortages in the CSG sector.

The Australian-first partnership between a CSG company and SkillsTech Australia, Queensland’s largest trade and technician training TAFE institute, is valued at more than $1 million.

SkillsTech Australia institute director Mary Campbell welcomed the Premier at SkillsTech Australia’s Acacia Ridge Training Centre.

“This partnership between the Santos GLNG Project and SkillsTech Australia will train up to 70 Queenslanders for the booming CSG sector,” Mrs Campbell said.

“Today’s exciting announcement is a culmination of a long-standing working relationship we have with Santos.

“Our partnerships with industry, such as this one with Santos, are essential for our continued growth and ensure that we remain the public provider of choice for trade training in Queensland.

“This new centre will provide opportunities for Queenslanders to enter the thriving CSG sector and gain Australian-standard qualifications to work within this sector, today and into the future.”

Manufacturing Skills Queensland will provide more than $600,000 for this partnership through the Skills Queensland Strategic Investment Fund. The Queensland Government has committed more than $200 million to the development of facilities at SkillsTech Australia to address skills shortages with more than $162 million invested so far.