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Shoring Resources The Skills West Expo 2010 aimed to rebalance the current skills shortage in Western Australia. BY R O B COTT E R DESPITE ITS REMOTENESS, TERRITORIALLY DEFENSIVE BEGINNINGS AND INITIAL OPINIONS that the land and climate of Western Australia would be too inhospitable for human habitation, Perth has managed to flourish. It has grown into the successful capital city of a state that has proven to be exceptionally resource rich—aluminum, coal, diamonds, gold, nickel and uranium all being mined in significant quantities. The benefits of this resource wealth are evident in the quality of Perth’s urban environment and its recognized high standard of living (listed eighth in the “World’s Most Livable Cities” by The Economist). While Australia has also been to-date broadly 46 immune to the world recession—something of a global anomaly—Western Australia’s economy has actually been steadily growing. Such rapid growth and success are, however, rarely unaccompanied by equally significant challenges, Perth being no exception. Under increasing global market forces, the city has had to emerge from its almost micro-economy status to become a resource rich administrative hub. Billions of Australian dollars continue to be pumped into projects in the region, with current exploration into iron-ore mining and gas extraction in the North West Shelf potentially opening up further channels of state wealth. The huge investment in the one+ 02.11 EOC GROUP PL–SKILLS WEST EXPO 2010 (2) METEOR CRATER ENTERPRISES region and the attraction to well-paid, resource-linked jobs is, however, occurring contemporaneously with an aging workforce and a diminishing youth population—the effects of which have put severe duress on the once cozy, post-war economic balance of Perth. Demographic forces and a shift in the focus of employment fields has exposed skills gaps in several key areas that the state now urgently needs to address. “There is no doubt that the government was caught unaware of the scale of need for more skilled people in the area with the economic boom and times of very low unemployment,” said Kevin Lodge, CEO of the EOC Group Pty., organizer of Careers Expos across Austra-

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of One + February 2011

One + February 2011
Energy of Many
The Productivity Cloud
MPIWeb Connect
Events for Life
Gateway to the Future
Top Spots
It Was Not Interesting
The Wrong Words
Up to Snuff
That’s Enough Facebook
Super Foods to the Rescue
Shoring Resources
Jack and Smoke
Accidentally on Purpose
Staying on Top of Tech
The Joy of Work
Plan to Run
Productivity on the Go
Angel of the Favelas
Your Community
Making a Difference
Until We Meet Again
MPI’s 2011 Meeting Guide to Canada
Banff Centre
Ottawa Tourism
Tourisme Montréal
The Buzz
InterContinental Canada
Caesars Windsor
Vintage Hotels
The Great Green North
Whistler, British Columbia
Meetings and Conventions Calgary
Scotiabank Convention Centre

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