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Education & training

Getting into the Minerals Industry is about having the right skills for the right job. Did you know 63.4 per cent of miners have a Certificate III or higher. Below are some some education and training opportunities that will provide you with skills you will need on the job.

Career Pathway Chart

For more information on career pathways, please download the Career Pathway Chart (pdf 122kb)

Minerals Tertiary Education Council (MTEC) Supported Institutions

The Minerals Tertiary Education Council (MTEC) was set up in 1999 by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) to build a world-class tertiary learning environment. Through MTEC, member companies of MCA support a number of university partners offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in mining industry related disciplines - Earth Science (Minerals Geoscience), Mining Engineering and Metallurgy.

MTEC Graduates

Graduates from MTEC supported institutions are some of the most highly sought after professionals in the country.

VET Courses

Do you have an interest or skill in a particular subject? Vocational education and training can be part of an apprenticeship or traineeship, secondary school studies, or as part of an employment program.

Professional Pathways

When you become a graduate-professional in the Australian Minerals Industry, you'll become a leader in one of Australia's most technologically advanced and dynamic industries. The Australian Minerals Industry has a proud tradition of producing some of this country's brightest, well trained and most sought after technical and business professionals.

There are many professional pathways that students can choose to follow. The Industry offers an extensive range of career pathways from the traditional mining disciplines to the core business professions. Minerals professionals enjoy great training, attractive remuneration packages, career advancement opportunities, and the challenge of working in Australia's most dynamic and high calibre workforces.

Minerals Tertiary Education Council (MTEC) Consortiums

The Minerals Tertiary Education Council (MTEC) was set up in 1999 by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) to build a world-class tertiary learning environment. MCA member companies have invested over $36 million into a number of university partnerships that offer undergraduate courses in mining related disciplines: - Earth Science (minerals geoscience), Mining Engineering and Metallurgy.

Becoming a Minerals Professional

Do you want to be a leader in one of Australia's most important industries? MTEC supports partner universities in collaborative undergraduate programs, which offer world-first mining programs and world-class student experiences:

Mining Education Australia (MEA)

A program where expert lecturers present a common third and fourth year syllabus in Mining Engineering to students of The University of New South Wales, University of Adelaide, The University of Queensland and The Western Australia School of Mines (Curtin University).

Metallurgical Education Partnership (MEP)

A partnership to commence in 2008 that sees students from Murdoch University, The University of Queensland and The WA School of Mines (Curtin University) work in collaborative teams to complete a final year project in Metallurgical Plant Design.

Minerals Geoscience Honours (MGH)

The MTEC Minerals Geoscience Honours Program offers courses that teach a set of specialist skills that industry has identified graduates entering the minerals industry should possess. By taking any of these courses, delivered by experts in their field, you will learn some invaluable skills for a career in the minerals industry.

Vocational Pathways

Whether you're looking to move straight into the minerals industry, or to take an initial step in your tertiary education, an Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification can take you where you want to go.VET Pathways can be part of an apprenticeship or traineeship, secondary school studies, or as part of an employment program.

Did you know:

  • The mining industry spends 5.5% of total payroll on training expenditure, five times relevant government training benchmarks for the employment of 457 visa holders and the defunct one per cent national Training Guarantee Levy.
  • Apprentices and trainees make up around 5% of the workforce of total mining.
  • Around 20% of all apprentices and trainees are reported as being mature-aged (greater than 21 years old).
  • Female apprentices and trainees comprise around 15 per cent of all apprentices and trainees, with the iron ore sector employing around 20 per cent female apprentices and trainees.
  • About 13 per cent of apprentices and trainees are indigenous Australians.
  • Apprentices and trainees are paid an average of $39,395.
  • About 75 per cent of mining operators offer at least one form of national recognised training to their employees.
  • Nationally, about 80 per cent of total mining employees participated in structured training. 

Learn on the job

Many of our VET courses incorporate a period of on-site learning, which means you don't just learn in a classroom, but get priceless industry experience in a genuine work environment. It's real-world industry experience that ensures your qualifications fully prepare you for employment in your chosen industry.

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You may also find more information on the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Vac Work

Vacation employment is a valuable opportunity for students to confirm their interest in the mining industry and to develop a relationship with mining companies to lead to potential employment opportunities after graduating.

Relevant practical work experience is fast becoming a pre-requisite for Graduate employment. Vacation placements are typically 3 months in duration at a company mine site, starting in December through to the end of February.

This is your opportunity to gain fantastic and relevant hands-on experience in the mining industry before you graduate. You'll learn new skills on the job to assist you in your future career development.

Vac Work Experiences

Participating Companies