Mining jobs in SA took a massive step towards being a reality as an interim report by the Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance (RESA) forecast 35,000 new mining jobs in South Australia would be created by 2030 if the 40 proposed mining and infrastructure projects go ahead.
RESA`s primary focus for South Australia is to improve the capability and efficiency of the mining, energy and related supply chain companies that make up the resources sector.They hope to achieve this by developing their workforce to be productive and realise mining and resources opportunities which would benefit South Australia.
CEO of REDA Phil de Courcey said: “The precise data is being finalised but there is no doubt that South Australia can look forward to a strong growth of mining-based employment across the three spheres of supply chain companies, developing mines and operational mines.”
SA jobs in demand
The full report will be released in October this year (2013) at a productivity forum in Adelaide. It will show the year by year employment growth in five categories:
- skilled operator,
- trade and technical; and
- professional and administrative support.
An earlier report forecast a need for 15,000 new mining jobs SA that need to be filled by workers in the industry over the next seven years, with that figure expected to more than double by 2030.
They forecast the most in-demand mining jobs in South Australia would be for;
- exploration drilling,
- underground and open-cut miners,
- mobile and process plant operators; and
- heavy mining equipment specialists like drag-line operators.
“It poses a serious challenge of where the state sources these employees and whether we can access the right talent pool in sufficient numbers to meet this rapid growth in workforce demand for advanced mining projects,” de Courcey said.
The SA state government has allocated $27 million for their Skills for All initiative in a targeted plan to improve skills in the resource and other sectors over the next two years.
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Reference: Mining Jobs SA – 35,000 new mining jobs forecast