A recent report on Australia's skills shortage has identified a significant shortage of engineers, with the nation currently producing less than half of its current annual engineering workforce needs.
Peak engineering body, Engineers Australia has told a Senate Inquiry that Australia needs to address this shortage as a matter of urgency as the current shortage is creating lost opportunities for infrastructure projects and developments, with as many as 20 engineering projects not proceeding in the past six years due to the shortage of qualified engineers.
According to Engineers Australia’s International and National Director of Policy, Brent Jackson “the answer is complex, but includes controlled skilled migration to arrest engineering shortfalls, and better government infrastructure planning processes, to manage workforce planning."
Mr Jackson's comments reiterate the continued need for Australia to attract skilled overseas workers to migrate to Australia to live and work, with skills shortages evident in several other industries affected by the country's current resources boom.
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