5,000 jobs on offer for Chevron and Bechtel

Chevron and lead contractor Bechtel say they won't be looking overseas to fill the 5,000 jobs needed on the Wheatstone gas project in Western Australia.

The West Australian reports Bechtel said it has not applied for an enterprise migration agreement to fill the workforce and would only do so as a last resort.

Chevron and Bechtel have launched the Wheatstone Jobs Facility in WA to help find workers for the project.

The facility will allow job seekers to register their interest and have their suitability assessed.

Chevron and Bechtel have also launched a Perth-based advertising campign to help attract workers.

Yesterday WA finance minister Simon O'Brien said in a statement the two companies should be congratulated for focusing on finding local talent.

"I congratulate Chevron and Bechtel for taking this action at a time when there is considerable discussion about resource project proponents, and their attitude to the use of Australian workers," he said.

Chevron has drawn strong criticism for its use of foreign labour, and a number of large protests have previously marched against the company in Perth.

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