The Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining industry is a diverse industry covering the production of chemicals, industrial gases, and metals and petroleum refining.
It is an important industry within Australia’s valuable resources sector. It is global in nature with many of the major stakeholders being multinational companies who require a skilled workforce that is mobile, flexible and able to adapt to changing conditions.
The ongoing downturn of the resources sector continues to impact this industry. Margins are tight and Australian businesses are struggling to remain competitive. The oil and gas refining sector is being impacted by the global oil price and the metals refining sector by the decrease in demand from China as well as the increase in low cost Chinese products entering Australia.
Traineeship and apprenticeship commencements in this industry are moderate.