Engineers Australia is calling for an overhaul of Australia’s skilled migration program in order to safeguard the nation’s engineering capability.
Almost 60 per cent of engineers in the Australian work force were born overseas, according to the 2016 census and while the demand for engineers is high, Engineers Australia believes the current skilled migration system is no longer working, with a serious mismatch between the objectives of the skilled migration program and what is being achieved in the community.
Engineers Australia made several recommendations to address the issues in a recent submission to the Skilled Migration Inquiry, being run by the Joint Standing Committee on Migration.
In its submission, Engineers Australia called on the government to establish an inquiry to investigate the barriers keeping migrant engineers from working in the profession.
Engineers Australia’s Newcastle division has most recently been working with Northern Settlement Services (NSS) and their client engineers from migrant backgrounds, to help them to find local work within their profession.
Many of the highly qualified and experienced engineers using NSS have not been able to progress to interview or placement stage when seeking employment.
To address this NSS has developed a pilot program, Welcoming Workplace Projects, which aims to improve employment outcomes for people from migrant and refugee backgrounds by developing a network of welcoming employers across the Hunter region.
If you or your employer are interested in being part of this pilot program, aimed at creating positive pathways to employment for engineers from refugee and migrant backgrounds, contact Ruth Anagnostis on (02) 4969 3399 or via [email protected]
Alternatively, contact the Engineers Australia Newcastle office on 1300 653 113 or via [email protected]