Mining engineer shortage sees competition for skilled workers ramp-up amid pandemic – ABC News

As Australia’s multi-billion-dollar metal mining industry aims to capitalise on strong prices, companies have become locked in a battle to attract professionals.

Gold, copper, zinc and iron ore prices have all showed sustained increases in value since the original shock of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

But Australian university enrolments for both engineering and geology have been on the opposite trajectory and internationals were filling the void.

With borders shut, Glencore’s Queensland Metals chief operating officer Matt O’Neill said the talent pool for both graduates and experienced staff had become extremely small.