Mining & Resources

Oil and gas workers need to step up

15 Apr 2014, by Informa Australia

With Australia’s resources sector going through substantial change, oil and gas operators in the country will need to ensure their employee training initiatives can keep up with the speed of developments.Oil and gas

This is the main finding from Deloitte’s ‘Building a connected workforce: Challenges for resources sector operators’ report, which predicts that almost 40,000 new workers will be needed by 2018 to facilitate the resources sector’s shift from construction to operations. In light of an impending surge in the industry’s workforce, Deloitte expects there to be “new logistical challenges” in training and developing workers.

“This wave of recruitment will create a significant induction and on-boarding challenges for oil and gas operators,” said Mike Lynn, Deloitte national oil and gas leader, who was speaking ahead of the APPEA 2014 conference.

“Regulatory driven training is, of course, non-negotiable, so increasing the focus, reach and repeatability of training is increasingly important.”

This highlights the growing importance of employers in this sector to ensure they are constantly training and upskilling their workers so they can meet the future demands of the industry. Enrolling them in oil and gas courses, for example, can provide them with a deeper insight into the workings of the industry and the skills required to succeed.

Gas Industry FundamentalsMr Lynn also drew attention to the “connected” part of the report’s headline, stating that in the increasingly dispersed nature of operational teams today, it is essential that employers and workers use the latest technologies to stay in touch and collaborate effectively.

“Digital technologies will play a critical role in designing the next generation, connected workforce in the oil and gas sectors,” he said.

“Collaborating on problems and ideas is essential for productivity and, across dispersed teams, can unlock latent talent, knowledge and innovation. Connectivity can clearly enhance collaboration and, therefore, productivity.”

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