Issue of skills shortage
AUSTRALIAN higher education providers are ideally placed to turn the country’s mining and energy sector skills shortage into a positive, Society for Underwater Technology chairman Terry Griffiths says.
Mr Griffiths, who is one of a host of industry leaders taking part in the Australasian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference Careers Day on February 24, says the growing skills shortage can be turned into a ‘‘ skilled education opportunity’’.
‘‘ The current trend is for Australia to supplement its skill base by importing significant numbers of workers. However, this is a doubleedged sword. People need to think of the situation as a global issue,’’ he says.