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The AOG Graduate Careers Day is being held as part of the Australasian Oil and Gas Conference & Exhibition (AOG) to encourage tertiary students to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry.
Mark Guest, Managing Director of OilCareers.com and one of the speakers at the AOG observes that gas employers are being forced to lure retirees back into the workforce to keep up with project demands due to a shortfall in new generation workers.
Emphasising that the next generation of workers was critical to the ongoing success of the oil and gas industry given the vast number of projects coming online in Australia and globally, Guest commented that there was a shortfall in the number of people with adequate experience or knowledge coming up through the ranks to meet project demands.
While the phenomenon known as ‘big crew change’ has been a matter of concern for the oil and gas industry for some time, the effects of this generation gap would be fully felt in the next five years as a large portion of the workforce reaches retirement age.
He also points out that Australian universities and TAFEs produce only about 9,500 engineering graduates each year, compared to the annual national demand of 20,000 a year.
Ian Masson, Vice President of Human Resources at Woodside, which is also supporting the AOG Graduate Careers Day said that attracting talented young people into oil and gas was crucial for the industry’s long-term success.
Woodside re-shaped its graduate recruitment process in 2012, resulting in a significant increase in graduate applications and a 50% gender balance in new graduate recruits.
The AOG Graduate Careers Day will give tertiary students the chance to meet oil and gas employers face-to-face and learn more about job opportunities, graduate programs and vacation work available in the industry.
The AOG Graduate Careers Day will also feature speakers from The University of Western Australia, Wood Group Kenny, Sclumberger, Fluor, Open Door Migration, Saipem, Subsea 7, Technip, The Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology, and The Resource Channel.
The AOG Graduate Careers Day will take place as part of AOG 2013 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 22 February.

This feature is presented by Ferret - www.ferret.com.au.

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