New online forum launched to discuss skills shortage

A new online forum has been launched to discuss and deal with the issues of the skills shortage in the mining sector.

Mining for Skills, developed by Manpower, is an online forum hoping to engage people and companies at all corners of the resource industry, from government and resource companies to recruitment professionals and job seekers.

Lincoln Crawley, managing director of Manpower Australia and New Zealand said the forum will bring together to get a realistic picture of the problems and find solutions.

“Public discussion on the skills shortage is piecemeal at best – the key to solving the skills shortage is to bring stakeholders together and be prepared to debate the various strategies being used and how best to move forward,” Crawley said.

“We want to hear a range of views on this blog, not just the ones that are getting all the airplay or agree with our position.

“We want to look at topics like what sort of strategies resources companies are putting in place to tackle the shortages; how they can work together to attract communities of workers in remote areas; and what place immigration has in finding a solutions.

“These questions are of critical interest not just to those working in the resources sector, but to the broader, national economy.”

Manpower said the solution will only be realised through the involvement and of government, educators and the industry.

If you have any thoughts or solutions on the skills shortage in the mining sector, you can go to and have your say.

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