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March 22, 2018

Australian VET partners ‘Queensland Skills & Education Consortium (QSEC)’ signed MoU with Skill Council for Mining Sector (SCMS)

New Delhi : In a testament to “working smarter together” an Australian consortium of Vocational Training partners an agreement has been signed between the Skill Council for Mining Sector (SCMS) and Queensland Skills & Education Consortium (QSEC) to enhance the capability of workers in the Indian Mining Industry. This agreement was reached following a series of meetings in Delhi, Brisbane and Mackay identifying areas of individual strengths and mutual commitment.

The Queensland Skills & Education Consortium (QSEC) is a group of public and private training providers, with a reputation for delivering high quality industry focused skilling. The partners include TAFE Queensland, First Impressions Resources, Australian Retail College, Food Coach Institute and Intech Institute of Technology.

The Skills Council for Mining Sector (SCMS), promoted by Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) and supported by Ministry of Mines has been established as per the guidelines framed by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). SCMS was set up to develop skill competency standards and qualifications, benchmark it with national and international standards and to work with the mining industry in PPP mode.

The two organizations will contribute to the growth of one of the most important sectors in India through a collaboration to upgrade the current Indian Mining qualifications, enhance the training role; and in the next phase embed Australian standards into training programs to enhance productivity of workers in Indian mining sector.

This collaborative approach has enabled TAFE Queensland to be recognized internationally for its capability building in the mining sector, and to work as part of QSEC for the last twelve months in building solutions for India’s mining sector.  

In attendance were R K Sharma, Secretary General FIMI, S Vijay Iyer, CEO Rio Tinto India Pvt. Ltd., A K Bhandari, CEO SCMS, Ravindra Singh, Head Standards & QA SCMS, QSEC Members along with many mining dignitaries. Queensland’s global business agency, Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ), has also played a key role in today’s signing. Staff at TIQ’s India & Brisbane offices assisted with the delegation’s visit and development of the QSEC and SCMS program. TIQ were on hand to witness the official signing ceremony in New Delhi. The efforts of AIBC were acknowledged during the ceremony.

“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.


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