Graduates of an eight-week drilling skills program provided through Energy Skills Queensland’s Workforce Skilling Strategy.
Graduates of an eight-week drilling skills program provided through Energy Skills Queensland’s Workforce Skilling Strategy. Renee Pilcher

Gympie workers drill into dream jobs

IT MIGHT be a long way between Gympie and the gas fields, but dozens of local jobseekers are tapping into lucrative careers in the booming sector.

Thirty local jobseekers have now completed Energy Skills Queensland's Southern Wide Bay Burnett chapter of its Queensland Workforce Skilling Strategy since the program's introduction to the region in May and 83% of participants have successfully been employed in both local and national companies as a result of their highly sought after skills.

Energy Skills Queensland's Kerry Fullarton said they had been working very closely with local companies to identify their skills' needs and help more jobseekers get back into the workforce.

"There are plenty of opportunities out there for people who have been struggling to find work, but often jobseekers don't have precisely the right skills to meet employers' needs," she said.

"That's where Energy Skills Queensland comes in. Our Queensland Workforce Skilling Strategy will train more than 500 jobseekers this year, ensuring more Australians can ride the energy industry wave.

Retrenched Hyne and Son worker Russell Pope, is excited to have job interviews lined up after graduating from the drilling skills program.

"I'm 42 years old so good opportunities are becoming harder to come by," he said.

"The fully funded ESQ program has given me a new lease on life and allowed me to drive my own career in a totally new direction."

Anyone interested in upskilling, learning new skills or hiring one of the industry skilled workers should visit careersinenergy.com.au.

Gympie Times


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