The record attendance at the 2014 Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG) indicates rising interest in the booming industry.
The oil and gas industry is bringing a healthy profit to Australia's economy, with almost $200 billion worth of projects underway and another $180 billion worth of gas investment on the drawing board.
According to the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, the demand for labour is so high that by 2018 the oil and gas workforce is expected to increase by 57 per cent.
Over 1000 graduates and tertiary students will meet with major employers at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre today to learn about job opportunities, graduate programs and vacation work available in the oil and gas sector.
A mix of presentations and networking opportunities are on offer with speakers from Curtin University, Woodside, Subsea 7, Technip, Schlumberger, CB&I, Engineers Australia, the University of Western Australia, Wood Group Kenny, New Latitude and the Society for Petroleum Engineers.
Given the high demand for a skilled workforce in the oil and gas industry, recruitment has been a strong subject of AOG 2014 with an entire conference stream dedicated to Human Capital.Deloitte, Partner – Human Capital, Julie Harrison who spoke at yesterday's session identified the need for employers to align their workforce plan to business strategy to enable future capability requirements necessary for growth.
She explained that the identification of skills and capabilities should be a core component of any business strategy, with a top down assessment of current requirements through a regular strategic review of the company’s operating model and structure. This will ensure alignment between the business strategy, the operating model, the organisation design and the skills and capabilities for success now and into the future.
Students attending the AOG Graduate Careers Day today will hear free presentations, learn about new career pathways and pick up invaluable job searching and career planning advice.