In a recent national survey of approximately 1,400 engineers undertaken by Engineering Education Australia (EEA), 76 per cent of respondents regarded project management skills as either critical or important for their professional development in the next two years.
The recent Engineering Western Australia 2020 Report also found a significant shortage of engineers with project management skills is adversely affecting WA’s resources sector.
EEA General Manager Ann Ellis says the Federal Government has recognised the need to support project management training and is providing funding to subsidise eligible firms.
“This is good news as we’ve been able to save clients more than $400,000 thanks to this funding,” she says.Article continues below…
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.
Ms Ellis adds “Just as good is the fact that we are also able to support regional engineers with our online Diploma of Project Management, an option which is also handy for people unable to undertake training during business hours.
“It’s proving very popular, and we now have 221 engineers around Australia undertaking the course online, with 56 of those meeting the funding criteria.”