OPINION ON FIFO with Bechtel Gladstone GM Kevin Berg
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OPINION: "So far, more than 26,000 people have worked on the construction of the LNG projects on Curtis Island. This is a reflection of the fact that as with all large construction projects, different skill sets are needed at the different phases of the work, therefore there is constant turn-over.
On the three Curtis Island projects, we have always sought to employ locally first. When these projects started, there was a boom across the resources industry and skilled workers were in high demand nation-wide. But, despite the challenges this presented for us, Bechtel's 32 years of working in the Gladstone region meant we had a good understanding of what skills were available in the local area. Our local recruitment program was and has always been very successful as a result.
And these projects have allowed us to continue to upskill the local workforce in many new areas, especially in the highly sought-after technical trades skills. And we are proud of the fact our local employment levels have remained close to 50% throughout construction.
Australia has a skilled and talented construction workforce, however it's spread across this vast nation, which means many non-local employees are required to support any construction activity."
- Kevin Berg