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BHP has locked in $30 million with the Australian government to fund university programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills development.

Aimed at rural and regional Australia, up to 1000 students and apprentices will be able to study or re-skill under the Future of Work Program. The goal is to raise the employability level of our future workforce, whether in mining or other resources sectors. This commitment from BHP to providing education and career pathways is a clear sign that the industry will continue to play a strong role in Australia’s post-Covid recovery. The resources sector was a standout through the pandemic, improving the number of employees steadily to end the 2020 year with the highest result on record, according to the ABS.

People in regional New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia are eligible for the Future of Work program, with applicants who meet other eligibility criteria able to receive additional financial support.

You can view the full announcement here.