Australian Steel Institute (ASI) chief executive Mark Cain said the ASI was looking at a range of initiatives to boost skills in the industry. These include:
The initiatives follow the latest Federal Government Jobs and Skills Australia survey revealing a shortages of skilled steel labour. COVID was a factor in the shortages, the survey revealed. Steel jobs requiring a bachelor or higher degree (skills level 1) experiencing shortages in both 2021 and 2022 include construction project manager, engineering manager, civil engineer, structural engineer, and civil engineer. Skills level 2 jobs experiencing shortages include civil engineering draftsperson and civil engineering technician. Skills level 3 jobs experiencing shortages include sheet metal trades worker, metal fabricator, pressure welder, welder first class, fitter general, fitter and turner, fitter-welder and metal machinist first class. Steel occupations with shortages in 2022 but not 2021 include production and plant engineers (skills level 1); metallurgical and materials technicians (skills level 2); engineering patternmaker toolmaker (skills level 3); and construction rigger, scaffolder, steel fixer and structural steel erector (skills level 4). Shortages in professional occupations (both steel and non-steel) rose from 19% to 35% in the latest survey. Shortages were still most prevalent within the technicians and trades workers occupation group, with almost half (47%) of all occupations in this group in shortage in 2022.