Apprenticeship scheme aims to train 5000 workers

INDIAN resources giant Adani Mining will join forces with the Queensland Government in an apprenticeship scheme to help train the 5000 workers needed to build its gigantic coal project.

The Unified 2 Qualified scheme will focus on training people from the Whitsunday region in trades that will be in demand by the sector.

Adani's $10 billion Carmichael Mine, north of Emerald, will include rail links to the Abbot Point Coal Terminal.

The company expects first coal exports to begin in 2014, but timing may depend on government approvals and funding.

For apprentices, 50% of their training costs will be covered by Adani during their four years of training.

They will receive shift rotations in their final years at Adani's mine.

Adani Group Australia chief executive Harsh Mishra said his firm was excited about spearheading the project.

"Adani is proud to be the first company to take the lead with this initiative that creates jobs and gives back to the local community in which we operate," Mr Mishra said.

"Adani expects to create up to 5000 jobs during construction of our mine, rail and port projects and 4000 jobs during the operational phase."

Queensland Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the state's prosperity depended on the talent of our workers.

The program was created by Whitsunday Industrial Workforce Development, which will coordinate the program.

"This is about creating genuine long-term opportunities for all concerned; the individual, families, local businesses and of course Adani."