Connecting industry with skills

Established in 2008, 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

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Energy Skills Queensland’s Annual Conference is dedicated to skills development in Queensland’s energy, resources and telecommunications industries.

Encompassing the theme of 'Energy Skills 2020', this year's conference will continue to cover the many initiatives, challenges and opportunities facing the energy, resources and telecommunications industries now and into the future with informative presentations from industry experts.

A highlight of this year's conference is a lively panel forum discussing "Technological disruption: Can the Vocational Education and Training sector keep up?".  Delegates can expect an interesting and dynamic debate from panel members.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Industry Intelligence

Industry Intelligence Provision for the Utilities, Telecommunications and Mining sectors in Queensland to the Ministerial Industry Commission, and specific employment research across the sector.


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.


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