The National Energy Technician Training Scheme (NETTS) is a collaboration between leading oil and gas businesses and training providers to address the sector’s skills needs and support its future development. The model has established a standardised education and training program for Gladstone people to join Shell's QGC business, ConocoPhillips Australia, and Santos.
With the experience of leading training providers, Programmed Training Services, CQUniversity and the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training at South Metropolitan TAFE, the NETTS collaboration lowers training costs and supports community engagement. Industry partners collaborate to share resources and ensure they have the required skills to deliver. Training is based on international standards and the program is an effective pathway for local people to work in a valuable and growing industry for the region. It uses innovative training methods, including simulators and training rigs, and supports gender and cultural diversity.
The NETTS team is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of apprentices and trainees. The program has been highly successful, with over 95 per cent completion and employment outcomes. Through local information sessions and engagement with First Nations communities, interested candidates complete interviews, aptitude tests and an assessment process with industry partners. The NETTS has seen selected applicants supported through classroom and practical learning, go on to gain experience on Curtis Island LNG facilities, and become qualified technicians and tradespeople in several qualifications including process plant operations, electrical trades, and mechanical fitting and turning.