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Statistics Show why Governments Need to act on Skills Shortage

New statistics released today continue to confirm the need for government action to fix the general shortage of engineering skills and help the Australian economy reach its potential.

Monday, 25 February 2013

CEO of Professionals Australia Chris Walton said the Clarius Group had released a new report today showing that Australia needed an extra 4,600 engineers just to meet current demand. The report also finds that engineers are the second highest level of shortage, behind corporate services managers.

Mr Walton said the findings were similar to official government statistics released by DEEWR and the findings of a recent Senate inquiry.

“While the engineering skills shortage is patchy depending on the specialisation, experience and location of the engineer there is no doubt that Australia's overall engineering shortage requires government action,” Mr Walton said.

“Professionals Australia is awaiting the government's response to this inquiry and has provided a range of solutions to help us overcome this seemingly entrenched problem.

“Australia needs to find new, innovative ways of encouraging school kids to love maths and science, encourage more school kids to study engineering at university, encourage employers to give graduates more opportunity to develop their skills and become the engineering leaders of the future. Australia also needs to do more to give more opportunities for migrant engineers to use their skills.

“We also need to do more to encourage talented women to this important profession.”

Mr Walton said a recent senate inquiry into Australia's general shortage of engineering skills had found that taxpayers and the community were paying a high price for the general engineering skills shortage.

“Engineers perform vital work by bringing practical solutions to problems and delivering vital infrastructure and services. They are the economic drivers of thousands of jobs in the mining and resource sector. They roll out the infrastructure that ensures we have a strong economy and maintains our world renowned Australian quality of life,” Mr Walton said.

“The entrenched engineering skills shortage will continue to hold back our economy until governments get serious about turning more talented Australians into talented engineers.”

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