GAGAL has provided apprenticeships and apprentices for nearly 25 years.
GAGAL has provided apprenticeships and apprentices for nearly 25 years. Submitted

GAGAL fear LNG worker shortage

A LOCAL industry group is concerned about the uncertainty of the liquefied natural gas industry.

From the uncertainty of environmental impact approvals to final investment decisions and consolidation, local industry is starting to wonder when anything is going to happen.

Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Limited (GAGAL) CEO Kerry Whitaker said GAGAL wants to work with all the LNG companies to ensure that the Gladstone community is in a position to take advantage of the opportunities.

“We are concerned about how the region will meet the skilled workforce requirements of the industry as, although we have just recovered from the GFC, the region is still suffering a skills shortage and yet we still have young people looking for apprenticeships,” Ms Whitaker said.

“Industry indicates that we will need to find somewhere between 15,000 and 18,000 construction workers if everything goes ahead and that’s just for the LNG industry.

“Existing industry and expansions at the port, the potential Boulder Steel mill and Queensland Pacific Nickel will also require a construction workforce. How is the Gladstone region going to cope with the demand?"



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