Engineering capacity vital to innovation

Posted April 20, 2016

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Innovation will stall unless Australia fully develops its engineering capacity, Engineers Australia has told the federal Committee on Education and Employment inquiry.

The peak industry body made its submissions this week to the parliamentary inquiry into the skills, training and workforce needed for a high-tech, knowledge-based economy.

“In recent years governments have been primarily concerned about ensuring there are sufficient engineers for the resources sector and for infrastructure projects in cities and regional areas but have given insufficient attention to the broader roles engineers play in the Australian economy and its future,” it said.

“For new ideas to become economic realities they must be developed from laboratory into prototypes and from prototypes into commercial products suitable for markets. These are the functions carried out by engineers who in Australia work in almost every industry in the economy.”

The Engineers Australia submission warned that the long lead times to produce engineering graduates meant the flow of graduates had lagged demand increases.

The full written submission can be viewed here:Engineers Australia Submission - WORKFORCE FOR THE NEW ECONOMY

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