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ERIC Number: ED505775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 84
Abstractor: ERIC
Availability of Skilled Labour in Selected Occupations in Western Australia
Shah, Chandra; Cooney, Richard; Long, Michael; Burke, Gerald
Centre for the Economics of Education and Training, Monash University
This report investigates the future supply of and demand for certain types of skilled labour at the trades and sub-trades levels that will be required for these projects up to 2010. In particular, it focuses on skilled labour in the mechanical, fabrication and electrical trades and mobile plant operators and construction workers in the sub-trades. The research for this report included: a review of the other studies of skill needs in Western Australia; discussions with individual company and organisation representatives as nominated by CCI as the project manager; analyses of some participating companies' data; analyses of state and national data on employment trends and labour turnover; and detailed study of the skilled and semi-skilled occupations of interest for this project. Following an Introduction, the rest of the report is structured as follows. The second chapter presents a short review of previous research that has examined problems of supply and demand for labour in the resources sector in Australia, but particularly in Western Australia. Chapter 3 contains a summary of views on the risks of skills shortages and their management by the participating companies. The chapter also includes analyses of the estimated demand for different types of labour for a number of projects being considered by some of the participating companies. Chapter 4 provides analyses of employment and training trends and skills shortages issues at the state and national level as a context for this study. Chapter 5 presents the analyses of the demand for and supply of labour in the selected occupations that are of particular interest for this study. The final chapter contains some concluding remarks. Findings include: (1) Western Australia needs at least 3,450 apprenticeship commencements in the metals trades in 2005 and 2006 to meet projected demand; (2) Western Australia needs an extra 2,400 electricians and 700 workers in other electrical trades to meet demand through to 2010; and (3) Western Australia needs an additional 900 mobile plant operators; 200 crane and lifts operators and 200 scaffolders, riggers and steel fixers and erectors to fill expected new jobs through until 2010. Companies that participated in the consultations identified skilled labour shortages as an important risk currently affecting project planning. To manage this risk they have implemented strategies to improve efficiency in the use of existing labour and reducing future demand; recruitment and retention; and skill formation. Although commencements of apprenticeships in the mechanical and fabrication and electrical trades have increased substantially in Western Australia in the last few years, the authors conclude that additional increase is needed to meet projected demand. Detailed statistical tables on Australian migration are appended. (Contains 30 footnotes, 31 figures and 39 tables.) [This report was commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia.]
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Monash University, Centre for the Economics of Education and Training
Identifiers - Location: Australia