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Federal funding fuels engineering workforce

Two research projects, which will receive $A350,000 in funding, will be conducted by the Australian National Engineering Taskforce.

The first project will study demand and supply of engineering skills, while the second will research pathways for engineering education and training and university sectors.

One of the key research aims is to identify policies for workforce development through education, professional development, human resource management and migration.

Queensland Resources Council CEO Michael Roche has expressed concern about the growing demand for skilled labour, suggesting that the development of current projects in the Queensland CSG/LNG industry will need a workforce of approximately 18,000 people.

Mr Roche said that attracting women to the industry would be key in meeting the demand for staff.

“If we don’t properly tap into the potential female workforce, we simply won’t be able to fill the positions,” he said.

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