SSO Skills Forecast

Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)


The Drilling sector encompasses a broad range of activities, including both onshore and offshore drilling, as well as surface and underground drilling. Drilling is used in mineral exploration and production, geothermal energy production, water well drilling, civil infrastructure and agriculture.


One of the skilling priorities identified by the SSO, includes the challenges attracting new workers, and retaining existing ones. Stakeholders suggest that due to the MDCI sector’s sensitivity to economic cycles, it can be difficult for employers to attract and retain skilled workers in downturn periods. Drilling itself is a multidisciplinary industry and shares many core skills with the sub-sectors in the wider mining and civil infrastructure sectors. Therefore, there is opportunity for the Training Package, given its broader nature, to assist MDCI workers to transition between job roles as demand for labour shifts. Industry suggests that this can be achieved through increased focus developing skills that are transferable across sectors. If successful, for example, this may allow mining and drilling workers to transition into quarrying and civil infrastructure job roles, and vice versa, more seamlessly as labour demand shifts.


Qualifications servicing the drillings sector are included in the RII training package.

Industry Reference Committee (IRC)

Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) are the formal channel for considering industry skills requirements in the development and review of training packages.

Each IRC is made up of people with close links to industry. They are leaders in their own sectors from big business to small enterprise and peak bodies to unions, who understand the skills needs of their sector, industry or occupation.

IRCs ensure training packages meet the needs and concerns of employers, employees, training providers, and people seeking training qualifications.

IRCs gather information to help develop and review training packages, ensuring the national training system provides the qualifications, knowledge and skill sets that industry needs.

IRC for the Drilling sector is the Drilling IRC.

Each IRC is supported by a Skills Service Organisation (SSO) to help them in their work. 


Skills Service Organisations (SSO)

Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) are independent, professional service organisations that support IRCs in their work developing and reviewing training packages.

SSOs support industry engagement while remaining independent from both industry and the training sector.

They prepare documents, such as the skills forecast and proposed schedule of work, and assist with training package development and review.

SSOs are a key access point for other industry stakeholders who want to play a part in the development of training packages and are financially supported by the Commonwealth Government. 

The SSO for the Drilling sector is PwC's Skills for Australia.