Inspire : Public Works Sept Oct 2012
9 Senate inquiry yields encouraging results IPWEA National Executive Offcer Ross Moody has welcomed the recommendations handed down by the Senate Committee that conducted the inquiry into the engineering skills shortage earlier this year. “I am encouraged by the recommendations on the whole, because they encompass the major recommendations put forward by the IPWEA and other peak engineering bodies,” Moody said. “The big questions are: will they be taken up, to what extent and over what period of time?" Moody said certain recommendations were particularly pleasing, such as recommendation six, which called for the creation of senior technical engineering roles in the Australian public ser vice; and recommendation eight, which called on the Government to engage with industry peak bodies to develop measures that provide practical, paid work experience to university students “It’s critical to reequip the public ser vice with the engineering skills they need to become informed buyers of engineering services,” Moody said. “The loss of engineering skills has the potential to lead to signifcantly higher project costs. "Recommendation eight aligns with one of the IPWEA's major proposals. Local government and public works agencies are well placed to provide vacation and part-time work experience for engineering undergraduates. “This is a proven strategy that ceased during the years of economic rationalism in the 1990s. I became engaged in local government as a result of vacation work experience during my fnal two years of study.” Moody also agreed with recommendation fve: ensuring tertiary course material is aligned with industry needs. "It's important to ensure engineering courses are equipping students with the knowledge they require in the workplace,” he said. “There has been criticism that course content is not always relevant to the workplace.” The 12th and fnal recommendation called on the Government and industry to make a national engineering registration scheme a reform priority over the next decade. "This is another important recommendation aimed at ensuring engineering standards are maintained and to promote the profession,” Moody said. “Queensland is the only state or territory that currently requires engineers to be registered. "The IPWEA is now working with other peak professional bodies to lobby the Australian Government to act on the recommendations." 1000 AT WORK © 2012 Caterpillar. CAT, CATERPILLAR, their respective logos, "Caterpillar Yellow," the "Power Edge" trade dress as well as corporate and product identity used herein, are trademarks of Caterpillar and may not be used without permission. Around Australia, one thousand Cat® M Series Motor Graders are being put to work. To find out more about M Series Motor Graders, contact your local Cat dealer or visit www.australia.cat.com/mseries M SERIES. 1000 AT WORK.
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