SA prospects still bright

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SOUTH Aus­tralia’s min­ing in­dus­try will flour­ish in spite of con­cerns the min­ing boom is at an end.

BHP’s de­ci­sion to shelve its Olympic Dam plans has caused con­cern about the fu­ture of min­ing in SA.

But Re­sources and Engi­neer­ing Skills Al­liance (RESA) chief ex­ec­u­tive Phil De Courcey begs to dif­fer.

‘‘ South Aus­tralia is well po­si­tioned,’’ he says. ‘‘ The prospect for growth in South Aus­tralia is def­i­nitely strong.

‘‘ The fu­ture plans for SA prom­ise big­ger in­vest­ment and greater job op­por­tu­ni­ties.’’

De Courcey says the min­ing in­dus­try of­fers a di­verse range of jobs, from min­ing en­gi­neers and op­er­a­tors to roles in sup­port­ing in­dus­tries, such as truck driv­ers and lo­gis­tics.

‘‘ At the mo­ment there is a de­mand for skills and ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ he says. ‘‘ In­di­vid­u­als with the right skills will have greater op­por­tu­ni­ties.’’

He says there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for those with­out pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence or train­ing but po­ten­tial work­ers some­times mis­un­der­stand the in­dus­try.

‘‘ There is the mis­con­cep­tion that work­ing in this in­dus­try is easy and that you don’t re­ally have to work for the money,’’ he says. ‘‘ That is not the case. You need to make sure that you have the skills and knowl­edge re­quired.’’

RESA hopes to help over­come this with pro­grams to bet­ter in­form would-be work­ers about min­ing.

De Courcey also shoots down the idea that South Aus­tralians need to move to Western Aus­tralia to find re­sources work. ‘‘ The ob­jec­tive for (RESA) is to train peo­ple in SA so that they can achieve the ap­pro­pri­ate skills and ex­pe­ri­ence needed,’’ he says.

With the wide range of cour­ses avail­able for those want­ing to join the min­ing in­dus­try, it can be dif­fi­cult to de­cide which is best.

‘‘ It’s not al­ways about just the par­tic­u­lar course or qual­i­fi­ca­tion,’’ says De Courcey.

‘‘ There is a mis­con­cep­tion that just do­ing a pro­gram is enough to get you a job straight away.’’

RESA is de­vel­op­ing a web­site to in­form lo­cals about em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and other sec­tor is­sues.

De Courcey says the fu­ture of min­ing in South Aus­tralia looks bright.

‘‘ South Aus­tralia con­tin­ues to grow and be­come a big player in the na­tional pic­ture,’’ he says.

‘‘ The projects are spread across the state and South Aus­tralia is lucky to have such diver­sity of sources.’’

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