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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How are our industries managing global megatrends? And what skills do we need to thrive in the new world?

Find out at our Trained to Win - Skilling in the New World networking breakfast featuring keynote speaker and CSIRO Futurist Dr Stefan Hajkowicz. Three industry workshops for Drilling and Completions, Telecommunications and Mining will follow the breakfast.

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.


Recent News

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Skilling the New Energy World

With  a changing industry comes a changing workforce. Energy Source and Distribution talks to Energy Skills Queensland workforce planning manager Anthea Middleton about one of the most critical questions facing the energy industry: what skills do we need today to run the smart cities of tomorrow, and how can industry work together to identify and…

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Report warns of skills shortage risk for energy sector

The benefits of the emerging smart energy grid could be undermined by a lack of skills across key science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) roles, according to a new Queensland report. STEM skills are directly linked to the needs of the engineering, ICT and data analytics workforces within the energy sector, according to the discussion…

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Energy Minister Mark Bailey and Energex CEO Terry Effeney meet new apprentices at the Energex EsiTrain centre.

Bright Careers Ahead for Best-of-the-Best Energex Recruits

Energy Minister Mark Bailey visited the Energex EsiTrain centre at Rocklea in April to meet the newest Energex trainees and apprentices as they embark on new careers in Queensland’s power industry. Mr Bailey took the opportunity to see first-hand some of the training underway and to wish the new recruits well on their journey ahead.…

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New industry skills expert brings wealth of experience to ESQ

Energy Skills Queensland (ESQ) is delighted to welcome new Industry Skills Advisor for Resources, Justin Barnes, in May 2015. Justin brings a wealth of more than 12 years’ mining and electrotechnology training experience to the ESQ team. A highly skilled training and development professional, Justin has held roles as Supervisor of Training Development for BHP…

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Early and Successful VTEC Employment Outcomes

Karen Bellert, Nigel Scullion and Kerry Fullarton at VTEC training in Sydney in March 2015. More than 80% of trainees are being placed into jobs soon after their graduation, as Energy Skills Qld’s (ESQ) Vocational Training and Employment Centre’s (VTEC) program hones in on their target of creating 50 new jobs in the resources sector…

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Energy Skills Queensland’s Workforce Planning Manager Anthea Middleton launched her discussion paper A Changing Electricity Industry and A Changing Workforce at the event.

2015 ESQ Corporate Lunch a Huge Success

More than 140 electricity supply industry representatives and stakeholders joined Energy Skills Queensland (ESQ) at our A Changing Electricity Industry, A Changing Workforce 2015 Corporate Lunch on Friday 24 April. ESQ received a flood of interest in our suite of products, primarily around workforce planning. The Hon Yvette D’ath, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and…

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