Roy Walsh


August 24, 2020
AIM, Mining Skills Organisation, RTO, Vocational Education

With the appointment of AIM’s Roy Walsh to the national Mining Skills Organisation Pilot, the mining industry has an opportunity to help create a better vocational education training system across Australia.

Roy Walsh, RTO Manager of the Australian Institute of Mining (AIM), the RTO established by PYBAR to deliver quality, nationally-recognised training for the underground mining sector, has been invited to take part in shaping the future of Vocational Education Training (VET) nationally as a member of the recently formed Mining Skills Organisation Pilot Working Group.

The Australian Government’s $585.3M Skills Package, announced in 2019, includes funding for three Skills Organisations; one of which is the recently formed Mining Skills Organisation Pilot. 

The Pilots will work to strengthen VET across Australia, by ensuring it is responsive, flexible and valued by industry, providing learners with the skills needed to succeed in modern workplaces, and equipping workers with the skills required by employers to grow the mining industry into the future as new technologies are introduced. VET training for the mining industry includes apprenticeships, traineeships, skills sets and Certificate I, II, III, IV and diploma level training packages.

The Pilot, initially chaired by the Minerals Council of Australia, a major advocate for more flexible, higher quality and responsive training and workforce development, will work to identify skills needs and provide advice to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment on qualifications development and improvements in training delivery and assessment for the industry.

“The establishment of the Mining Skills Organisation Pilot presents a real opportunity for the mining industry to shape the future of vocational education in Australia, which will then in turn meet the needs of our industry,” said Roy Walsh.

“Quality and responsive education, training and workforce development are crucial to ensuring skilled workers enter and remain in the mining industry, ensuring its growth and sustainability into the future.”

For more information on the Pilot, visit the Department of Education, Skills and Employment Skills Organisations webpage at:


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