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Know which state has the strongest demand for skills? You may be surprised...

13/06/2013 10:09 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
We often hear from jobseekers who have applied for dozens of positions in Australia’s resources hot spots such as Western Australia’s Pilbara region or Queensland’s Surat Basin and end up asking ‘Where are the skills shortages?’ A stream of rejection can make talk of ‘skills shortages’ seem redundant, but according to the AMMA-Pit Crew Labour Market Index, the demand for skilled workers on major resource and infrastructure projects is still strong.

Plumbing Apprentice of the Year Nominations Open

30/04/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Master Plumbers & Gasfitters Association of WA (MPGA) has opened nominations for the 2013 Apprentice of the Year Awards. These awards are designed to recognise outstanding achievement by third and fourth year apprentices who have shown initiative in the development of a highly successful career in the plumbing and gasfitting industry. MPGA encourages any apprentice who has done well in any area of their apprenticeship to apply.

5 Areas of Improvement for Graduate Jobseekers

26/04/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
New research from the USA shows university graduates are making five common mistakes when looking for a job after graduation. According to Dan Schawbel who runs a Gen Y research and consulting firm, Gen Y jobseekers should be doing a lot more. He should know, he’s a Gen Y himself.  

Mining Industry Spends Big on Training

04/04/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A new study sponsored by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and conducted by the highly respected National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows the mining industry has made a significant investment in training workers for mining jobs. In fact, the vast majority of mining training for financial year ending 30 June 2012 has been conducted by the industry with over $1.1 billion spent compared to a $26 million contribution by government training subsidies.

STEM Skills Shortage Creates Recruitment Barrier for Resources Industry

02/04/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A new report from the Australian Industry Group found employers are experiencing difficulty finding employees with the appropriate skills. The Lifting our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills report surveyed 500 businesses in across multiple sectors of the economy and found sobering evidence to suggest Australia will fall behind competitively because we won’t be able to meet production and innovation requirements.

Mentoring Program for Construction Apprentices Announced

26/03/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A new program announced by the Australian government last week is designed to help construction and building apprentices complete their training and enter the workforce. The Construction Apprenticeship Mentoring Scheme (CAMS) is a joint project between the government and the Master Builders Association and is part of a national focus on providing support for industry employees.

2014 Graduate Programs Now Open for Australian Resources Industry

13/03/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Employers in the Australian resources industry have begun to advertise for graduate programs with work starting in 2014. While graduation may seem a long way off, if you plan on finishing your degree this year, you need to start thinking about where you’re going to work. Now is the time to start answering job advertisements for these positions.

Jobseekers, Focus on Spelling and Grammar to Get Ahead

08/03/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A recent article in the West Australian newspaper provided shocking statistics about higher education graduates. The Australian Industry Group surveyed 500 employers and more than 40% of them confessed to being disappointed with the basic literacy skills of higher education graduates. This is a particularly disturbing result as hiring managers insist on perfection in spelling and grammar, especially on the resume and cover letter.

New Report on Australian Jobs Earmarks Training Investments

08/02/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
In a new report released by the Australian government, Aussie Jobs Looking Forward Looking Back, Bill Shorten, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations describes some of the initiatives designed to train the Australian workforce to ensure we stay competitive in a global market. One of the largest training packages in Australia’s history is being rolled out with an eye to future industry demands of the Australian workforce.

Engineering Trades Training Gets Another Kickstart

30/01/2013 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
With a continuing shortage of skilled trades people in Australia, the Apprentice Kickstart Initiative has been reinvigorated to encourage more apprenticeships in key roles. Engineering trades including Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (both Avionics and Mechanical), Fitter, Fitter and Turner, Fitter-Welder, Metal Fabricator, Metal Machinist, Pressure Welder and Toolmaker will benefit from a new payment scheme.

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