Migration may be the only answer to coal skills shortage

OVER the next 10 years the typical Aussie coal miner will likely transform from a middle-aged local bloke to a millennial woman with engineering qualifications from another land.

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Mining companies are also accelerating efforts to achieve 30% female participation by 2026.

This change will inevitably occur as the older crews clock off for the last time and enjoy their retirements and coal mining companies scramble to find workers from wherever they can.