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and in­no­va­tive re­sponse is re­quired to meet the skills and work­force needs of the re­sources and en­gi­neer­ing sec­tors, an in­dus­try leader says.

Re­sources and En­gi­neer­ing Skills Al­liance chair­man Paul Dowd says South Aus­tralia may not be able to fully har­ness the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in the sec­tors if stake­hold­ers do not bend to ac­com­mo­date the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and in­ter­ests of work­ers.

The al­liance helps min­ing, oil and gas, en­ergy and re­lated en­gi­neer­ing com­pa­nies in­volved in the re­sources sec­tor in SA to de­velop their busi­nesses and to make the most of op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Part of that has been de­vel­op­ing pro­grams to meet labour sup­ply short­ages and gaps by at­tract­ing, re­cruit­ing and re­tain­ing staff, iden­ti­fy­ing ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­ves­ti­gat­ing skilled mi­gra­tion.

Mr Dowd s a ys non­tra­di­tional ways to en­ter the in­dus­try; hav­ing bro­kers to co­or­di­nate, ad­vise and guide com­pa­nies, in­dus­try and gov­ern­ments on pro­grams; and har­ness­ing the skills of un­der­rep­re­sented work­ers are part of the process to se­cur­ing the re­quired work­force.

‘‘RESA aims to make a dif­fer­ence, ‘‘ he says.

‘‘To do this, we be­lieve that this means be­ing ac­tively in­volved in de­liv­er­ing op­er­a­tional pro­grams, which add value to the in­dus­try.’’

These in­clude a drilling pro­gram as well as in­dige­nous lead­er­ship and crit­i­cal skills in­vest­ment ini­tia­tives, he says.

‘‘There is a global battle for work­ers,’’ Mr Dowd says.

‘‘We are tak­ing the chal­lenge and we have real pro­grams to make a real dif­fer­ence.’’

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