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Government funding addresses project management skills shortages

Addressing the acute shortage of project management skills has emerged as a key issue for the engineering industry. This has led the Federal Government to provide funding to firms that offer education courses, such as Engineering Education Australia.

The results of Engineering Education Australia’s (EEA) recent national survey of approximately 1,400 engineers reveals that more than three quarters of respondents regarded project management skills as either critical or important for their professional development in the next two years.

Additionally, the recent Engineering WA 2020 Report found that a significant shortage of engineers with project management skills is adversely affecting Western Australia’s resources sector.

According to EEA General Manager Ann Ellis, the Federal Government has recognised the need to support project management training and is providing funding to subsidise eligible firms.

As part of its engineering education courses, EEA offers a Diploma of Project Management which consists of five two-day, in-house sessions and related assessments.

So far, more than 160 engineers around Australia are undertaking the diploma course with the help of the federal subsidy.

“We’ve been able to save clients more than $400,000 thanks to this funding,” said Ms Ellis.

Ms Ellis said EEA’s online Diploma of Project Management, which supports regional engineers and those unable to undertake training during business hours, has also received a Federal subsidy and is proving to be popular within the industry.

“We now have 221 engineers around Australia undertaking the course online with 56 of those meeting the funding criteria,” said Ms Ellis.

EEA course testimonial

VicTrack’s Capital Projects team has strong project management capabilities in delivering projects in and around the rail environment.

Capital Projects Manager Russell Cruse said that as part of their professional development, 18 of his colleagues are undertaking the Diploma of Project Management offered by EEA, with nine VicTrack staff having already completed the diploma.

“The Diploma of Project Management is part of VicTrack’s approach to formally develop the project management skills of its engineers and is the icing on the cake for many of my colleagues,” said Mr Cruse.

Reinvent Your Career would like to thank The Australian Pipeliner where this article first appeared.

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