To address the engineering sector’s shortage of skilled workers, the Queensland Government has partnered with Engineers Australia and Consult Australia to develop a guide for employers on how to attract and retain engineers from migrant backgrounds.

Attracting and Retaining Engineers from Migrant Backgrounds: A Guide for Employers to help meet industry workforce shortages supports the Queensland Government’s approach to strengthening the state’s workforce through the Good people. Good jobs: Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022-2032.

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.

Queensland Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Leanne Linard, said engineering, like many professions, continues to face significant nationwide labour and skills shortages.

“We know there are many highly-skilled Queenslanders from culturally diverse backgrounds who, for a range of reasons, are not currently working in their field,” Ms Linard said

“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.

“We want to break down barriers by providing practical tips, advice and information for employers so they can better access the incredible pool of skills and knowledge available right here in Queensland.”

Queensland Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development, Di Farmer, said the 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.

“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,” Ms Farmer said.

“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.

“We know that jobs change lives and this partnership is not only supporting the state’s workforce and economy – it’s supporting our migrant communities to find meaningful work and a bright future here in Queensland.”

Engineers Australia General Manager, Stacey Rawlings, said the next decade is expected to bring significant investment in infrastructure projects and an ever-changing workforce demographic in Queensland

“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,” Ms Rawlings said.

Consult Australia Queensland Manager, Kristine Banks, said this guide will help employers bridge the knowledge gap with practical strategies that will open doors to more skilled migrants who are not currently working in the occupation they are skilled in.  

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