WA to focus on upskilling

With an existing workforce of over 65,000, the resource-rich state continues to experience growth in its drill, civil infrastructure sectors and minerals.

SkillsDMC WA Regional Manager Lee Jackson said “Increased activity in the state has seen more enterprises entering the market and more exploration occurring. Drilling is busier than ever and the civil infrastructure sector will only get more active due to the development of major projects such as Gorgon; all set to boost the state’s growth over the next twelve months.”

According to Mr Jackson, companies in WA need to focus on workforce planning and development to keep up with demand and avoid being caught short of skills.

“It is no secret that skills shortages are a major issue for the resources and infrastructure industry. The reality is that the state is reaching the point where there may not be enough skilled workers to sustain growth,” Mr Jackson said.

Mr Jackson said that the industry and government initiatives launched over the last six months are helping to address these issues.

“The Federal and State Governments are positioning themselves to assist with skills issues, with initiatives including the National Resources Sector Employment Taskforce and here in WA the establishment of the new Department of Training and Workforce Development,” he said.

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