Exceptionally positive mining boom outlook generating immense demand for workforce expansion

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane. Photo: Jodie Richter

The mining boom in Queensland opens up an immense opportunity to Queensland workers. According to the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), 44% of mining companies believe that expanding their workforce is essential to combat skills shortages. This extrapolates opportunities for up-skilling and for staff from other industries with the necessary know-how.

Due to the forecasted mining boom in Queensland, industry executives believe that employers’ demand for skilled workers will increase tremendously and there is an “extraordinarily positive outlook for an industry that has faced years of low prices, job losses and cost cutting”, QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.

What are the benefits of this?

Since skill shortages are expected to constrain growth, employees with the right skills set are needed urgently and are lured with monetary incentives. Hence, the major industry challenge is to find skilled workers within a short period of time.

This could be extremely beneficial in particular for workers who already hold a certain qualification and are industry experienced. Some jobs might only need an extra qualification that does not involve long training. Hence, a short course might be ideal for the current demands of this industry in order to grow the pool of skills within a minimum period of time.

For example, if you have an existing qualification as a Boilermaker or Welder and you would like to obtain a Certificate IV in Advanced Welding, you would not need to complete 100% of the units but on average around 30-40% of the units due to the recognition of existing trade skills and knowledge. It is important to keep in mind that this percentage differs among our clients due to individual circumstances and qualifications but we are happy to find out which pathway suits you best and how many units you would be required to complete to advance to a different qualification.


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What does this mean for employers and employees?

Up-skilling provides an opportunity to keep up with the speed of the growing industry due to the support of staff with the right skills set. The courses at Outsource Institute of Technology are delivered by industry-qualified trainers and can be tailored to the specific needs of our clients. This means that courses can be taught at locations that are of highest convenience for our clients. Making yourself stand out can increase your chances in the job market in this booming industry and could help to secure a job.

Poaching staff from other industries is not a long-term solution that can combat the industry’s skills shortage. Thus, there is the possibility to combat this shortage through up-skilling.


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