Thursday, October 18th, 2012
CEO of the Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance (RESA) Phil de Courcey announced today that his organisation will stage a second resource sector Skills and Workforce Summit in Adelaide next February. Mr de Courcey said one of the focal points of the national event will be innovation and technology.

Three Summit speakers will pitch their presentations in keeping with an innovation and excellence segment of the Summit. One of these presenters - Adrian Smith, Managing Director of Rheinmetall, will deliver a keynote presentation on the impact of simulation technology within the resource sector. Professor Richard Hillis, CEO of Deep Exploration Technologies, will deliver a presentation around new age drilling, while the last speaker in this section – Christopher Reynolds, will share his view on training excellence.

“The 2013 event will be bigger and better as we look to build an action agenda of key issues and recommendations which will be delivered to appropriate government agencies and organisations able to facilitate the implementation of recommendations,” said Mr de Courcey.

“Throughout the full day of presentations and panel discussions, resource industry skills and workforce challenges and solutions will be compiled and discussed. These challenges will be in a range of areas such as: attraction, retention, regional/remote issues, diversity in workforce planning and innovation.

“More than ever before, workforce planning is a key point of debate for the resources sector and consequently the Summit,” Mr de Courcey went on to say. “With peaks and troughs in the mining industry being experienced across Australia, more precise planning has become critical. There will continue to be a shortage of highly skilled staff for years to come regardless of peaks or troughs and how to encourage more graduates will be discussed at the Summit.”

“It’s also important to shake off the old misconception of mining as a low-skilled occupation,” Mr de Courcey added. “It’s not an industry based around digging holes in the ground, it’s a high-tech industry creating career paths for thousands of graduates across a very diverse range of professions.

“I’m also delighted that the SA Chamber of Mines and Energy is partnering with RESA to stage and promote the Summit,” finished Mr de Courcey.

The Summit is aimed at existing and prospective resources industry employees at all levels of management, with emphasis on senior management and HR.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill will officially open the Summit, which will be held on February 21st at the Adelaide Hilton Hotel. The Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills, Tom Kenyon, will be a panelist at one of the sessions. To view all 18 highly acclaimed speakers, please click here.

Online early bird registrations are now open at

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Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance (RESA)

The Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance (RESA) was established in 2007 to collaborate between industry and the SA State Government as a strategic response to skills shortages in the Resources sector.

RESA joins forces with stakeholders to address:

• Skills and training needs
• Workforce planning
• Workforce development
• Retention strategies, and
• Act as an advocate for the resource sector

We identify the gaps in the skilled workforce and find ways to fill them by conducting programs that provide skills and training opportunities and encourage new workers into the resources sector.

By conducting programs that provide skills and training opportunities; we aim to retain existing workers and encourage new employees into the resources sector.

RESA also completes research, contributes to policy development and facilitates, brokers and manages the delivery of projects to increase the number of skilled people in the sector.

Phil de Courcey
P: (08) 8212 6006
M: 0423 791 460


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