Monday, 17 December 2012 09:05
Australian oil and gas operators may soon benefit from a new model of assessing the recruitment needs of individual projects, according to a leading academic from the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR) at Penn State University.
The workforce assessment model has already yielded significant results for oil and gas companies, government agencies and academic institutions in the US, with the model evaluating the quantity of workers that would be needed in each project and the skills that each would require.
“The model differs from others in the oil and gas industry, in that it looks at the employment trends over the lifecycle of a well to more accurately determine workforce needs across the duration of that time,” MCOR co-director Thomas Murphy said.
“In doing so it affords academic institutions a clearer vision of opportunities for graduates, and they can therefore modify curriculum to reflect the employment needs of the industry.”
Mr Murphy will discuss the applications and success of the innovative workforce assessment model in ‘Assessing Workforce for the Emerging Shale Gas Industry’, his presentation at the Australasian Oil & Gas Conference (AOG), held in Perth on the 20-22 February 2013.
The workforce assessment model led to the formation of ShaleNET and then ShaleNET II in 2010 in the US, to train local residents to meet the employment needs of the shale gas industry, producing over 7000 graduates from short-term technical or certificate programs trained to work in the gas industry.
With an entire session dedicated to resourcing, the AOG Conference will explore solutions for Australia’s current skills shortage and delve into questions such as: how to engage the best in, not on, the market? How can the Australian market design and implement global resourcing campaigns? And finally how can the industry encourage engagement and commitment in fly-in, fly-out workforces?
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