Connecting industry with skills

Energy Skills Queensland (ESQ) is a not-for-profit association of members from industry, training organisations and government to help industry connect with skills.

ESQ engages with industry to research workforce needs and develop and implement solutions to address those needs.

ESQ works in the following industries:

• Electricity: Electrotechnology, electricity supply and generation, rail, renewable energy

• Gas: Transmission and distribution, CSG to LNG, drilling and completions

• Mining: Surface and underground

• Telecommunications

What We Do

ESQ is the industry intelligence provider for the mining (energy), utilities and telecommunications industries. We provide industry and stakeholder engagement; workforce planning, research and analysis; and workforce development including our SkillPASS and GI Card programs.

Read more

Our Products

The Generic Induction program heads the stable of industry-leading products we've developed. The new Drilling and Completions General Induction was built to meet the needs of the gas industry, and skillPASS helps companies and employees easily and securely keep track of qualifications.

Read more

Why Work With Us

We assist the energy, mining and telecommunications industries to develop their workforces to meet future demand, completing highly successful industry-funded research and workforce planning projects.

Read more

Industry Intelligence

Provider of VET Advisory Services for the Utilities, Telecommunications and Mining sectors in Queensland to the Department of Education and Training.


Industry-Leading Training Programs

Working with industry, we develop programs such as the General Induction for mining, Drilling and Completions General Induction for gas, and skillPASS which makes it easy to keep track of qualifications and skills when moving between employers.



We connect industry, training, government and employee/employer associations through regular meetings of Industry Leader Groups; and well-attended conferences and workshops.



The Queensland Workforce Skilling Strategy delivers training and employment programs funded by federal and state governments and industry.


Recent News

Dominic Schipano

Energy Skills Queensland Inc. Appoints Dominic Schipano as a Director

Brisbane, Qld. – 16 December 2015 –Energy Skills Queensland is please to appoint telecommunications executive, Mr. Dominic Schipano, to its Management Committee. Mr. Schipano’s appointment was effective 15 December 2015. “Dominic brings a wealth of proven business and technology leadership experience,” said Penelope Twemlow, Chief Executive Officer of Energy Skills Queensland. “I am so pleased…

Read More

Rio Tinto approves South of Embley bauxite project

Rio Tinto will expand output from one of the world’s premier bauxite deposits following approval of the $1.9 billion Amrun project. Amrun involves the construction of a bauxite mine and associated processing and port facilities on the Cape York Peninsula in north Queensland. “Amrun is one of the highest quality bauxite projects in the world,” Rio Tinto chief…

Read More

Positive Outlook for the Coal Seam Gas Drilling and Well Servicing Sector

If we are to believe everything we have been told by print and electronic media recently, we could be forgiven for thinking that Queensland’s Coal Seam Gas (CSG) drilling and well servicing sector was facing a shaky future. This is not so. The recent volatility in the number of jobs in this sector can be…

Read More
shutterstock_165341531 (small)

Training for the energy and telecommunications sectors in Queensland delivers the goods

This provides, for the first time, an estimate of the extent and nature of all accredited vocational education and training (VET) delivered in 2014 by Australian training providers. Preliminary analysis of this dataset by Energy Skills Queensland reveals some promising highlights for the state. In 2014 Queensland delivered the highest number of both completions and…

Read More

Ho Ho No: Christmas Party Do’s and Don’ts for Business

The holiday period is a joyous occasion; catching up with family and friends, celebrating the year that was and looking forward to prosperous times ahead. For employers and employees, this is a brief period of respite from their work commitments, in which they can spend time with loved ones and indulge in some ‘holiday cheer’.…

Read More
Energy Skills QLD (5)

National Centre for Vocational Education Research Report on Total VET Activity

The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP welcomed the first release of data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) on Total VET Activity (TVA). The release shows the contribution of private sector vocational training as well as the government funded training data previously available. The Total VET…

Read More