Is­sue of skills short­age

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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.

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