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The Western Australian Government’s Liquefied Natural Gas Jobs Taskforce is to receive $400,000 in funding for an industry-led initiative to standardise training of LNG workers so their qualifications are recognised by all LNG operating companies.

Called the LNG Operator Skills Framework, the initiative is supported by an industry training fund administered by APPEA that collected levies paid by member and non-member companies sponsoring workers on the now-superseded 457 visas.

The training program will create the materials and coursework needed to ensure LNG process operators have the necessary skills to work safely and competently on an LNG plant.

APPEA Chief Executive, Andrew McConville, said, “This is a world-class initiative, funded by the industry, that will help solve the real problem of increasing costs for companies and causing frustration for workers having to retrain when they start work at a new LNG plant.”

Once finalised, the new training modules will ensure everyone who completes the course has skills and knowledge which will be recognised across the industry.

Mr McConville said having the course available in WA will not only benefit the local LNG industry, but also companies operating plants Australia-wide.

“In addition, it’s expected the training will also attract students from around Australia and the world who are looking to further their careers by obtaining this industry-recognised qualification,” Mr McConville said.

Work on the LNG Operator Skills Framework is well underway and is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2020.

APPEA and member companies Chevron, INPEX, Santos, Shell and Woodside participate in the LNG Jobs Taskforce.

The taskforce is aimed at making Western Australia a global LNG hub by helping to create new long-term job opportunities focused on servicing, maintaining and improving existing operations.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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