METS Ignited CEO Ric Gros has announced the results of a survey into student perceptions of mining and career choices at the MCA Minerals Industry Education Summit in Melbourne today.
According to the survey, Australian mining and METS companies need to do much more to raise awareness of their industries amongst young Australians to build the workforce of the future.
"Despite mining and METS providing jobs for 1.1 million Australians - or one in every 10 jobs - and great future prospects for our industry, it's clear that we must do much more to make young people aware about the opportunities and rewards in mining and METS," METS Ignited CEO Ric Gros said.
"Australia's world-class METS sector will need many highly-skilled young people to fill the jobs of tomorrow including drone pilots, environmental and social scientists and engineers. The jobs are there - areas of the METS sector such as information and communication technologies and professional and technical services saw 164 per cent job growth between 2005 and 2015.
"With the modern mining workforce undergoing huge transition, it's time for the industry to work smarter to make young people aware of the exciting and rewarding careers on offer in Australia and around the globe.
The survey, a collaboration between METS Ignited, Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and AusIMM will help the METS and mining sectors better understand career preferences, and address industry misconceptions, to grow the workforce and strengthen Australia's global competitive advantage.
Read the press release here.