Flexible way to fill jobs
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.’’