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fund administered by APPEA that collected levies paid by member and non-member companies sponsoring workers on the now-superseded 457 visas.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.

Siobhan Day is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and Pump Industry magazine, and has been part of the team since early 2019. With a background in management in the non-profit sector, Siobhan has extensive experience in communications, professional writing and client management. She holds a Bachelor of Business and Communications and is currently completing a postgraduate degree.

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