Tackling the graduate engineer shortage – approaches and strategies

1.30pm — 3.00pm AEDT, 20 October 2022
Webinar only


Australia is experiencing an acute engineering skills shortage.

To safeguard future talent pipelines business are increasingly looking to their graduate recruitment and retention strategies.

But with domestic graduate supply in decline, visa and migration challenges, competition for graduates is fierce. Government, Industry, and education will need to employ both long and short-term solutions to attract and retain engineering talent now and into the future.

About the event

Drawing on recent research and recommendations from Engineers Australia’s Strengthening the Engineering Workforce in Australia report, alongside and real-world examples from industry, our panel will discuss:

  • Factors impacting the inflows and outflows of young engineers in Australia
  • Key actions needed to improve future pipelines
  • Strategies for attracting and retaining graduate engineers today
  • Approaches for getting graduate development prioritised in your organization

The panel discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.


1:30 – Welcome
1:35 – Findings and Actions from the Strengthening the Engineering Workforce in Australia Report
1:50 – Panel Discussion
2:10 – Q&A

Who should attend?

This webinar is for professionals responsible for, or involved in the recruitment, development or management of graduate engineers. It is highly relevant for those seeking the latest insights and strategies to inform and enhance their work.

You do not need to be a member of Engineers Australia to register.

About the speakers

Jane MacMaster

Jane MacMaster, FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER MRAeS, Chief Engineer, Engineers Australia

Jane MacMaster has worked as an aerospace, mechanical and systems engineer in Australia and internationally, focusing primarily on supersonic flight vehicle design, operations research and rapid prototyping in the Defence sector.

She has qualifications in Engineering (Mechanical) and postgraduate qualifications in International Relations. She has previously worked as a senior advisor within the strategy unit of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and as a management consultant in the financial services sector. Most recently she was Founder and Director of Ponder Enterprises, where she used her engineering skillset to address complex societal challenges. She developed a conceptual model and practical techniques for complex problem solving which she taught at universities and to staff from Commonwealth and State and Territory government departments.

Prior to joining Engineers Australia as Chief Engineer, Jane held several volunteer positions at Engineers Australia, including as a member on the Accreditation Board, Chair of the Canberra Division Mechanical Engineering Committee, and member of the Canberra Division Women in Engineering committee. She is currently a Board Member for the Australian Council of Professions.

Tery Ross

Terence Ross, Group Learning & Development Manager, CIMIC Group

Terence (Tery) is the Group Learning and Development Manager for the CIMIC Group.  He works closely with the Group’s operating companies with a particular emphasis on building the capability and expertise of the Group’s people to successfully deliver on the many exciting and equally diverse portfolio of projects. With over 25 years’ experience in Australia and the UK, Tery has spent most of his career in the rail transport, construction, logistics, waste management and education sectors. 
He joined Aurecon on the NovoRail project, leading a skilled and dedicated L&D team with a clear goal of building critical skills, capability and assuring competence to deliver transformational change in rail. His next roles were at Transport for NSW working on the Sydney metro, regional rail, and intercity fleet projects before moving to UGL where he was responsible for learning and development in the Transport and Technology division, and most recently moving to the parent company CIMIC in 2021. 
Tery is a highly energetic and motivated leader who nurtures strong collaborative relationships to achieve both strategic and commercial outcomes. He is passionate about and committed to supporting people to achieve, growing capability, and developing a diverse and talented pipeline of people. His approach to driving inclusive participation is underpinned by an ethos of sustainability and the longevity of completed projects.

Stefan Taleski

Stefan Taleski, Human Resources Business Partner, Mott MacDonald

First and foremost, I am a normal person, a husband, a brother, and a son, my family has always been important to me. Like many people my personal interests vary but my passion for those interests allows me to keep balance in my life and continue to be motivated.  I am best described as a versatile individual who strives for excellence and identifies areas for improvement in both a professional and personal environment. As a passionate HR professional my key focus is on the alignment of HR functions with the strategic objectives of the Company, all whilst maintaining and enhancing the people experience.
As an integral part of the senior leadership team I have well rounded HR experience with strong understanding of workplace relations and my interactions with both senior and junior staff are always respectful, professional and objective. In my roles I have developed and implemented Change Management Strategies, Performance Management Systems, Onboarding/Recruitment systems, Salary Benchmarking exercises as well as Retention and Engagement strategies both in a local and global environment.

I continue to coach a range of team members from Senior Executives to Early Career Professional in their people management practices specifically in areas including but not limited to performance management, employment & industrial relations, EDI, wellbeing, workplace safety & compliance as well as career development and reward/recognition programs.


Samantha Zdjelar

Samantha Zdjelar, General Manager Student and Graduate Membership, Engineers Australia

Samantha is responsible for the development and implementation of Engineers Australia's strategy to grow and retain student and graduate engineers. Managing a national team of sales, events and product development specialists Samantha works with Industry and Academia to develop a pipeline of young engineers to ensure a sustainable future for Engineers Australia and the Engineering Profession.



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20 October 2022
12.00pm AEDT
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