A new guide for employers to help address critical skill shortages in Queensland’s engineering sector

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The ‘Attracting and Retaining Engineers from Migrant Backgrounds’ guide for employers has been released to help address critical skill shortages.

The engineering sector is experiencing nationwide skills and workforce shortages. People from migrant backgrounds with engineering qualifications are often not fully utilising their skills.

The Queensland Government, in partnership with Engineers Australia and Consult Australia, developed Attracting and Retaining Engineers from Migrant Backgrounds: A Guide for Employers to help meet industry workforce shortages.

The guide supports the Queensland Government’s approach to strengthening Queensland’s workforce through Good people. Good jobs: Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022-2032.

Queensland is on the hunt for skilled engineers to help fill available jobs and build a strong, diverse workforce.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Leanne Linard today launched a new guide for employers to help address critical skill shortages in the state’s engineering sector, driven by significant investment in infrastructure and changing workforce demographics.

Attracting and Retaining Engineers from Migrant Backgrounds: A Guide for Employers was developed in partnership by the Queensland Government, Engineers Australia and Consult Australia.

“Engineering, like many professions, continues to face significant nationwide labour and skills shortages,” says Minister for Multicultural Affairs Leanne Linard.

“We know there are many highly skilled Queenslanders from culturally and diverse backgrounds who, for a range of reasons, are not currently working in their field,” says Minister for Multicultural Affairs Leanne Linard.

“This guide is focused on supporting employers to attract, and importantly retain and support engineers from migrant backgrounds living in Queensland or those who are willing to move interstate to help fill these gaps,” says Minister for Multicultural Affairs Leanne Linard.

“Our Good people. Good jobs: Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022-2032 aims to connect Queenslanders with the work they want, and support employers to grow a more diverse workforce that can meet current and future workforce demands,” says Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer.

“Queenslanders from migrant and refugee backgrounds with engineering qualifications and skills can make significant contributions to businesses and can be part of the solution to workforce shortages currently being faced across the sector,” says Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer.

“It is critical we access all talent pools to meet industry workforce needs, and I’m excited that through this partnership we will see people with the right skills in the right job which is at the heart of any thriving Queensland industry,” says Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer.

“We are proud to have partnered in the development of this guide which will support Queensland’s engineering sector to access local and global skills to meet the demands of today and long into the future,” says Engineers Australia General Manager Stacey Rawlings.

“We know there are increasing demands on our labour market – this tool will help us fill those gaps while proactively breaking barriers for our migrant communities,” says Consult Australia Queensland Manager Kristine Banks.

Queensland is already experiencing one of its tightest labour markets, with the situation set to persist due to predicted economic growth and demand for skilled employees.

Click here to read the full guide.

Source: © The State of Queensland 1997–2023

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