Can Australia’s resources industry cope with the shortage of local engineering talent?
The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) has released a report that suggests that by 2018, there will be a serious shortage of a skilled workforce in the resources sector.
According to the AWPA report, there will be a 7% increase in mining employment by 2018. The oil and gas sector will also see a major boom in employment as it is expected to rise by almost 50% in the next four years. From around 39,000 workers currently employed in the oil and gas industry, this number is likely to rise to 61,212 in 2018.
The major concern that has been brought to light by the report submitted by AWPA is that in the coming years, there will be lack of domestic engineering expertise in Australia. Along with shortage of local engineering talent, there is also a probability of facing scarcity of chemical, gas, petroleum drillers and power generation plant operators.
Greater measures have to be put into place to address this skills gap in the Australian resources industry. Both the industry and government are working together to address the lack of domestic expertise in this sector. AWPA has advocated apprenticeship schemes for oil and gas jobs while the key players in the mining industry are offering post-graduate training courses in automated technology.
Keith Spence, an AWPA board member said: “The oil and gas industries needed to pursue a “more co-ordinated approach,” and “work together rather than independently.”
Spence believes that the educators, government and the industry together have to develop strategies to source local talent to address shortage of skills in the oil, gas and mining industry. - See more at: http://www.miningoilgasjobs.com.au/our-blog/january-2014-(1)/can-australias-resources-industry-cope-with-the-sh.aspx#sthash.KySstMAk.dpuf