According to the Government, the Agency marks a fundamental reform in the Australian training system, putting industry in the driving seat of the training effort.
The Agency will be led by industry representatives and will have a key role in the allocation of a $700 million industry training fund.
The pipeline industry has already taken steps to address the skills shortage through the APIA.
Speaking before this week’s APIA dinner in Darwin, APIA Chief Executive Cartwright said “Darwin offers tremendous opportunities for young people in the energy industries, particularly the gas industry, and APIA provides access to information about those opportunities through its Young Pipeliners Forum (YPF).Article continues below…
“Energy is increasingly at the centre of major political, resources, investment and infrastructure decisions in the Territory and that will create tremendous opportunities for our young professionals.
“They will help to shape milestone decisions covering not just energy project initiatives but key issues such as environmental protection and sustainable social engagement, as well as the strength, calibre and intent of business partnerships with our energy neighbours to the near north.
“APIA is in a position to assist the Territory’s existing professionals in the sector to provide and encourage a pathway of mentoring and support.”
Ms Cartwright urged graduates, and professionals with only a few years behind them, to join the APIA’s YPF to take advantage of the opportunities available to them.