Taranaki launches campaign to attract oil & gas talent

Source: New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals

Significant and ongoing expansion in the region’s energy, engineering and associated industries have meant that Taranaki’s companies are struggling to find the skilled workers they need to meet growth.

Venture Taranaki - the region’s economic development agency – has launched a new campaign that seeks to attract back some of the nation’s ‘trades drain’ to the Australian market, and further afield.

The move positions Taranaki at the forefront of the fight to reverse the much publicised loss of New Zealand talent to the Australian labour market.

We are contending with Australian companies coming into the region to actively recruit our talented workers,” says Venture Taranaki chief executive Stuart Trundle.

“This campaign aims to ensure that Taranaki can continue to attract, secure, and retain the skilled workers necessary to meet the growth needs of our region’s companies.”

According to Anne Probert, Project Director at Venture Taranaki. “Taranaki experienced a net loss of people to overseas countries in the year ending June 2012. Australia comprised 31% of our long term international permanent arrivals but 73% of our long term departures. Many of the latter being our young and talented. We have a high demand in our region for skilled workers. We already have a high workforce participation rate and low unemployment. Skills are a limited factor to our industry growth".

The bid to lure workers to the region follows the recently released findings of the Petroleum Skills Association of New Zealand (PSANZ) survey which highlighted the current and anticipated skill shortages experienced in the oil and gas industry, especially in relation to engineers, oil and gas industry operators and technical staff.

“We’re extending our skills and talent attraction campaign and this includes a specific push into the Fly In Fly Out and ex-pat kiwi market” explains Stuart Trundle.

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