01/03/2011 - 11:42

Migration to ease skills shortage: CME

01/03/2011 - 11:42

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Western Australia's Chamber of Minerals and Energy says it is crucial for the Federal Government to expand its skilled migration program to ensure labour demand from the resources industry is met.

Western Australia's Chamber of Minerals and Energy says it is crucial for the Federal Government to expand its skilled migration program to ensure labour demand from the resources industry is met.

CME chief executive Reg Howard-Smith said the latest CME Growth Outlook Study identified that WA resources companies would require an additional 38,000 workers over the next three to five years.

Also, there are more than $170 billion worth or resource projects either under construction or awaiting a final investment decision, necessitating a multi-pronged approach to labour issues, Mr Howard-Smith said.

"The ability to source workers with specific skills sets will be a determining factor in projects being delivered on time and on budget - maximising the opportunities presented by current commodity demand," he said.

"A steady supply of skilled workers will also help prevent a wider labour drain from other sectors.

"It's important to understand that we are confronted by a lack of workers with specific skills sets - not a general labour shortage."

Mr Howard-Smith said along with an efficient skilled migration program, additional measures such as investment in education and training, and the promotion of careers in resources was needed to meet demand in the sector.

 

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