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BHP, Mitsubishi To Fund Multi-Million Dollar Autonomy Curriculum

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BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi announced today they are providing multi-million dollar funding to develop autonomy related qualifications in open-cut mining operations in Queensland.

The BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), TAFE Queensland and CQUniversity Australia are partnering to bring the program–dubbed the Queensland Future Skills Partnership–to fruition.

Asset President BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), James Palmer, said students will get get hands experience using BHP's operations in the Bowen Basin.

"As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, we are considering how we transform our technology and our workforce," said Palmer in a news release.

"The partnership will define the first wave of new skills that may be required to support technology advances, and to establish the education opportunities for individuals to acquire these skills.

"The scope of training to be delivered through the partnership is still being finalised but we are exploring the potential opportunity for a traineeship qualification in autonomous operations, expanding existing trade apprenticeships to include autonomous competencies as well as an entry pathway for autonomous mine controllers.

"We also hope to be able to deliver the first pilot of these programs in the Bowen Basin region near our operations, expanding both existing and future workforce as well as local schools."

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