By CAITLIN CROWLEY

THE QUEENSLAND Resources Council (QRC) has launched a slick new campaign to attract the best and brightest graduates to a career in the state’s minerals and energy sector, featuring the top 10 “hottest” or most in-demand jobs right now.

Using the tagline, “Shape your future, innovate our world” the campaign highlights the careers of ten young resource sector workers and their mostly six-figure salary ranges, in a bid to lure the next generation to the industry.

Imagery from the Shape Your Future campaign website

QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane (pictured below) announced the campaign at last night’s Queensland Mining Awards in Mackay.

“Right now, we’re dealing with a major skills shortage, so to address this the QRC has created what we believe is a game-changing campaign that presents our sector as the powerhouse of innovation and opportunity it is,” Macfarlane said.

“We can’t wait to welcome Zoomers onto our sites, so our industry can benefit from their trade and tertiary skills and expertise, their fresh ideas and their passion to make a difference in the world.

“Mining is undergoing an intense and immense period of change, as companies move as quickly as possible to lower emissions and become more environmentally sustainable.

“Getting more young people on board with us on that journey is the key to success.”

QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane. IMAGE: QRC

The most in-demand resources jobs for 2022 according to the Shape Your Future campaign are metallurgists, automation engineers, heavy diesel fitters, auto electricians, geologists, environmental engineers, operations technicians, facility engineers, mechanical engineers and mining engineers.

The campaign is rolling out on YouTube, Instagram and social media and is targeting high school students or those just beginning tertiary studies, with the backing of the University of Queensland and Central Queensland University.

Macfarlane said a trade or professional career in resources opens a whole new world of exciting possibilities for ambitious young people, with rewarding, highly paid jobs offering a good work-life balance.

“We are Queensland’s number one private sector employer of Indigenous people; we have a 30 percent female participation target by 2026; and our employees earn the highest average, full-time income of any industry by far, at almost $140,000 per year,” he said.

“The bonus for young people entering the resources sector is they can play an active role in helping our industry become more sustainable to meet the challenges of climate change.”

Imagery from the Shape Your Future campaign website

Macfarlane said with companies working on decarbonisation plans, adopting low-emission technologies, improving their energy efficiency and implementing renewable energy solutions, there are plenty of opportunities for young people to make a real difference to how the industry impacts the environment.

“The world is moving towards a new era of sustainable mining to meet the challenges of climate change, and Queensland’s resources industry is absolutely on-board with being part of the global solution,” he said.

Macfarlane also told guests at last night’s mining awards, the sector was down but not out after the Queensland Government’s decision to hike up coal royalty rates as part of last month’s state budget.

“Governments come and go, and the people who make up governments come and go, but what remains is an industry that has substantially supported the Queensland economy and Queensland jobs since the late 1800’s, and continues to be at the forefront of global innovation and excellence,” Macfarlane said.

“The world needs resources to function, and Queensland has the resources the world needs.”

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