Together with event co-host BDO, the QEC recently held an online briefing for members and stakeholders to hear from experts in skills, labour and drilling, about solutions needed to address critical issues impacting exploration across the state.
In 2020 the Exploration Scorecard survey results showed Queensland’s exploration sector was on the cusp of a labour and equipment shortage due to the impact of Covid-19. Fast-forward eight months and there are still restricted movements across domestic borders and zero incoming overseas workers. In previous years, sourcing talent and labour internationally was what the industry was able to rely on in times of skills shortages. Combined with the trend of reduced university offerings for geoscience, particularly with field work, means attracting young people to work in the exploration and mining sector is becoming increasingly difficult.
The recent QEC online briefing gathered an expert panel to discuss these issues and explore for potential solutions. The panel included: President of the Young Mining Professionals in Brisbane Andrew Dittmann, also MEC Mining’s Technical Services Manager; Peter Hall from the Australian Drilling Industry Association; and Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) Skills & Education Manager Matthew Heskett.
In case you missed the briefing, it’s available to watch online:
Event co-host, BDO, has made available a helpful flyer about their services to assist exploration companies. Click here to view the flyer from BDO.