Employer perspectives on engineering technician education in Australia

Dowling, David (2011) Employer perspectives on engineering technician education in Australia. In: AaeE 2011: Developing Engineers for Social Justice: Community Involvement, Ethics & Sustainability, 5-7 Dec 2011, Fremantle, Australia.

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Abstract

Both the higher education (HE) sector and the vocational education and training (VET) sector provide two year programs for Engineering Technicians, normally called Engineering Associates in Australia. Advanced Diploma programs are competency based and offered by VET institutions while the higher education Associate Degree programs were, until recently, only offered by universities. This paper reports on the results of an online questionnaire that 25 engineering employers completed during the 2010. The aim of the questionnaire was to gather information from current employers about the reasons why they have supported an employee who was studying an Engineering Technician program part-time, the level of support they provide and any barriers that inhibit the employment of additional students. The respondents were from regional and rural areas in two Australia states and represented 21 separate organisations: ten private companies, eight local authorities and three government departments. The four key findings were: (1) the majority of the employers saw their support for students as one way to address current skills shortages in their industry, particularly in government instrumentalities;(2) most of the employers said they would continue support students who graduated and then articulated into an engineering degree program; (3) they would like more engagement with education providers; and (4) they believed that federal and state governments should offer financial incentives to encourage employers to offer engineering traineeships or cadetships.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright. Paper 408.
Depositing User: Prof David Dowling
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 04:48
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering technician education; employers; part-time study
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20537

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