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New workforce assessment model to transform recruitment process for the oil and gas industry

Monday, Dec 17, 2012

Australian oil and gas operators may soon be benefiting from a new model of assessing the recruitment needs of individual projects, already yielding great results in America, according to Thomas Murphy from the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR).

Co-Director of MCOR at Penn State University, 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).

Already yielding great results for oil and gas companies, government agencies and academic institutions in the US, the workforce assessment model evaluates the quantity of workers that will be needed in each project and the skills that each will 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,” said Murphy.

“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.”

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?

Other session highlights will include presentations from gas industry advisor, Barbara Jinks, on securing sufficient expertise for gas operations, and a labour market update from Peter Dyball, Founder and Managing Director of Pit Crew Management Consulting Services.

AOG will also join forces with leading universities and energy employers to encourage the next generation of oil and gas leaders at the AOG Graduate Careers Day on 22 February 2013.

Australia’s largest oil and gas event, AOG will take place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20-22 February 2013.

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Source: Avviso

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