DRILLING and well servicing company Easternwell has filled more than 100 vacancies since the start of June, and has a further 150-plus to fill before the end of the year.
The company has two new well servicing rigs awaiting deployment, and with a move to 24/7 operation on some existing rigs, recruitment demands are expected to increase further.
Group Recruitment Coordinator Matt Moynihan said the company was actively recruiting and looking to fill a range of vacancies - from camp attendants to senior well servicing rig crews.
"We're always on the lookout for experienced senior rig crews across our business," he said.
"These positions include rig managers, drillers, and derrickmen in our oil and gas operations and supervisors and drillers in our coal operations.
"Easternwell is looking for enthusiastic people who enjoy working in the industry with their sights set on building a long term career."
Easternwell is not immune to the tightening labour market, with Mr Moynihan saying the company was having difficulty filling senior well servicing crew positions, and has vacancies for 76 chefs.
"It is challenging but it encourages us to explore more innovative recruitment strategies and become more involved with the local communities where we conduct business," he said.
"A large focus for us is also on training and developing our people already a part of the company."
Part of that innovative approach includes a strong focus on employing local workers. While some locations make FIFO a much more economical option, Mr Moynihan said Easternwell was committed to creating local jobs wherever possible.
"Our energy business, with a head office based in Toowoomba, spends $50 million annually in wages, with 70% of our employees living within a 150km radius of Toowoomba," he said.
Easternwell's operations cover the breadth of the country, from Barrow Island and the Pilbara in the west, the Tanami Desert and Amadeus Basin in the Northern Territory and Eromanga Basin, which straddles the NT, South Australia and Queensland borders, to the Bowen, Surat and Gunnedah Basins in the east.
Easternwell provides nationally accredited training for its rig crews, through its Rig Employee Development Program, delivered by Easternwell's registered training ogranisation.
The REDP engages workers in a learning process which has been specifically designed to be implemented in the workplace supporting employees to develop skills and abilities required for effective and safe performance in each role in our organisation.
Both existing and new employees that commence with Easternwell who have previous industry experience are considered for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL).
Recently the RTO has undertaken an up skilling drive applying RPL process for existing workers on the well servicing operations, providing employees the opportunity to achieve nationally recognised outcomes from the RII09 Resources and Infrastructure Training Package.
In addition, Easternwell's RTO successfully completed around 2370 competency units . These outcomes have been achieved through participation in the company's on-boarding induction, the REDP, and various technical short courses programs. This development also supports the government's skilling strategy specific to the mining sector.
Learn more online: visit the Easternwell website