The importance of mining training has been highlighted in new Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures.
According to the ABS, around eight million people have undertaken some form of training or study in the last 12 months, but prevalence is higher in certain industries.
The data showed more than half of miners had undertaken training over the last year, compared with just one in six people in sectors such as agriculture, fishing and forestry.
Overall, 4.6 million individuals – approximately one-quarter of Australia’s total population – took part in work-related training during this time.
“We found that participation in work-related training varied by someone’s occupation, the industry they worked in, and the size of the business they worked for,” said the ABS’ Myles Burleigh.
“In businesses with over 100 employees, nearly half of workers had undertaken training, while for businesses with under 20 employees, one in five participated in training.”
Professions where work-related training is common include teaching, accounting, health care and public administration.
The most commonly cited reason individuals gave for taking part in work-related training was to improve their skillset for their current job (90 per cent), although heightening their employability remained a factor for 7.3 per cent of people.
Many respondents also reported enrolling on multiple training courses, with 43 per cent completing three or more in a year, compared with 36 per cent who finished only one.
The Australian Capital Territory had the highest proportion of people on training courses at 39 per cent, while Victoria and Queensland followed behind on 26 per cent and 24 per cent respectively.
There were no gender differences for work-related training, with 27 per cent of both men and women taking part.
The ABS said work-related training is an opportunity for individuals to boost their personal and professional development.
“For businesses, it improves workplace performance and productivity,” the organisation added.