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    Australia's oil and gas industry not offering enough entry-level opportunities

    News // December 12, 2011

    Australia’s oil and gas industry is failing to offer enough entry-level opportunities, information and advice to jobseekers to address the growing skills shortage in the resources sector, according to Jody Elliott, Director of The Resource Channel.

    Elliott will chair ‘Resourcing the Pipeline: Skills for Tomorrow’, a conference session at the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG) examining the skills shortage that threatens to leave Australia’s resources sector 36,000 trades people short by 2015.

    She said one of the greatest obstacles in attracting skilled workers to Australia’s oil and gas industry was the lack of clear communication by the industry about where jobseekers should train, what skills they should train in, and how they can increase their chances of getting a foot in the door.

    “As an industry we are happy to cry poor from a skills perspective, but reticent to share information to the job market which would significantly assist those seeking a start and us, as employers,” said Elliott.

    Elliott added that while the Australian government, along with the Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland state governments, had implemented programs and initiatives to address the skills shortage, there was still a lack of entry-level positions available.

    “The gap now appears to sit squarely with industry. Numbers seem to suggest little evidence that entry level or trainee opportunities have significantly increased from previous years, despite the known demand,” she said.

    It’s anticipated that around 3,200 new operational jobs will be generated from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains due to be constructed by 2015. With another 61,500 new jobs required in the mining industry and 45,000 in resource construction, Australia’s resources sector is facing a skills shortage that far exceeds that experienced in the ‘boom’ period of 2003 to 2008.

    With an entire session dedicated to resourcing, the AOG Conference will delve into questions such as: how and where will Australian projects source the skills and labour required? What skill development programs are underway in readiness? And what opportunities are being provided for those keen to secure an entry-level position?

    The session will feature an opening address by Western Australia Minister for Energy and Training and Workforce Development, Peter Collier, followed by a panel discussion focussing on the key challenges, opportunities and action underway to ensure a supply of skills for the industry.

    Other highlights will include presentations from industry giants GE Oil & Gas, Offshore Marine Services and Austral, plus a presentation from Matthew Underhill, Global Managing Director of Hays Oil & Gas, on the findings from Hays’ 2012 survey.

    The AOG Conference will be the first public release of the survey and Underhill will make specific reference to the Australian skill shortages and suggest a six point plan for employers seeking to navigate their way through a skills short recruitment market.

    AOG will also join forces with leading universities and energy employers to encourage the next generation of oil and gas leaders at the AOG Careers Day.

    AOG 2012 is happening at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 22-24 February. To register visit


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