The Mining, Energy and Engineering Academy (MEEA) is a not for profit company sponsored by the mining, energy, heavy engineering, and more recently, retail, industries that works with a range of key stakeholders including every level of Government, Skills Council and Higher Education, Vocational Education and Schools sectors to attract and develop the current and future workforce needs of the mining, energy, engineering, and retail sectors, and the communities in which they operate.
MEEA’s mission is to support these industries by assisting with the industries’ workforce requirements. This will be achieved by aligning resources to develop existing employees and grow the pool of available skilled workers. Utilising innovative and socially inclusive responses will also enable host community growth and help achieve sustainable development.
MEEA is currently focussing on running pre-employment programmes specifically targeted at training Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Our programmes include training in retail, construction, logistics, and heavy machinery.
MEEA has the following objectives:
1.1 Contribute to the development of the workforce for the mineral resources and heavy engineering sector, including mining of heavy metals, oil and gas, by raising the number of people in Australia with skills relevant to the minerals and resources sector, including trades skills and operator skills, as a result, increasing the pool of available labour:
1.2 Contribute to the development of the workforce for the mineral, resources and heavy engineering sector by raising the level of skills held by existing workers in the sector by facilitating access for companies to high quality training, including by expert industry advisors contracted or employed by the Company and to ‘preferred’ training providers through a brokerage service.
1.3 Streamline the training landscape for industry through a single point of access for all stakeholders interested in activities related to education and training in the mineral resources and heavy engineering sector by holding information relating to activities associated with training and skill development for the minerals and resources industries.
1.4 Ensure an industry-led, consistent and high standard of trades and operator training is delivered across Australia by:
1.4.1 working with relevant bodies to develop training and assessment materials that are accessible to training providers and to companies;
1.4.2 being part of a council planned to be established around Australia in areas of significant minerals and resources activity.
1.5 Realise training and skill development synergies across industry to enable leveraging opportunities and the development of new workforce development approaches and programs by:
1.5.1 attracting broad industry representation to the governing structure of the Company;
1.5.2 developing a range of strategic alliances involving employers, government agencies and training providers.
1.6 Ensure that the training and skills development needs of industry are appropriately represented to government and the training sector and that interests are advocated by working with industry and key State and Commonwealth government agencies to assist the education and training system to be more responsive to the emerging workforce needs of the industry.
1.7 Contribute to socially inclusive communities by developing opportunities for employment of unemployed, under-employed, female and Indigenous people in the minerals and resources sector, particularly in the regions where minerals and resource developments are underway.
1.8 Ensure improvements in the reception to year 12 school system by proactively participating in and contributing to educational changes which lead to an improved educational outcome for students and industry.
1.9 To, as appropriate, enter into relationships, associations or mergers with entities with similar objects to the Company for the purpose of attainment or promotion of the objects of the Company.
1.10 To raise money to further the aims of the Company and to secure sufficient funds for the purposes of the Company.
1.11 To receive any funds and to distribute these funds in a manner that best attains the objects of the Company.
1.12 To do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the objects of the Company.