Attracting skilled workers ‘mustn’t be a roadblock to the energy transition’

Attracting talent and skilled workers must not be a roadblock to the energy transition, Davos 2023 delegates heard yesterday.

Elizabeth Gaines, Global Ambassador, Fortescue Metals Group, said, “The concern is it’s not happening at exactly the pace we want to. We want to eliminate emissions by 2030 and here we are in 2023, so the clock is ticking. Attracting talent isn’t so much the issue, but getting the right skills at the time that we need it is a challenge.”

“For a large industrial company, we’re ahead of the curve – and the good thing is our workers are energised by what we’re doing, regardless by the fact that some of those trades will no longer be required.”

She said it is working with government and education institutions to transform its workforce into a more digital, data-driven operation. Its mining fleet is now fully autonomous. “We’re absolutely committed to the transition – it’s the right thing, and smart thing to do.”

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