Skills shortage in mining jobs addressed

Skills shortage in mining addressed

Governments and businessare grappling with the growing demand for skilled labor in the oil and gas industries. This week a national conference in Darwin, Australia outlined strategies to deliver the workforcethat will be required in the resource sector over the next decade.

Phillip Bullock, Chairman of Skills Australia said he expects 20,000-30,000 jobs in the construction phase of the existing and planned projects and a reduction of jobs when they move to operations. Most of these projects will need a workforce for 20-25 years of the project lifespan.

Local training will be high on the list by for the inevitable imported workforce in the construction phase, to be sure the projects reach their operational phase.

Chris Richardson of Access Economics said there is almost $200 billion in resource projects in the pipeline and Australia needs to move fast to take advantage of this boom time, which is creating wealth, mining oil and gas jobs and tax cuts for all Australians.

Reporter: Alison Middleton
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Source: 7.30 NT – ABC News 24

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