Rio Tinto is set to start construction on a new mining training centre on the Dhupuma Plateau site for the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land in Australia.

The new $2.4m centre is expected to have the capacity to train up to 24 people at a time and is located near a small-scale bauxite mining operation being established by Gumatj.

Gumatj deputy chairman Djawa Yunupingu said: "Training Yolngu people in mining operations will help create long-term employment opportunities for the local community.

"We’re developing a sustainable bauxite operation that will deliver on-the-job training, guaranteed work for our graduates, as well as providing ongoing funding for the training programme in to the future."

"Training Yolngu people in mining operations will help create long-term employment opportunities for the local community."

According to the mining major, the initial intake for the centre is expected by March 2016.

The course will be for a period of four months and will include providing education for trainees in all facets of mine operations.

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It would include practical sessions in mine rehabilitation, administration, catering, and also offer classroom-based literacy and numeracy lessons.

Rio Tinto president and chief executive officer Bauxite and Alumina Phillip Strachan said: "We’re proud to support this important initiative, which is being driven by the local Yolngu community.

"Learning about the business of mining can help to further empower Indigenous people in their dealings with mining companies into the future."

The latest initiative is expected to help stimulate economic development for the local community, Rio Tinto said.

The new mine training centre will also receive funds from the Gumatj and the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments.