Employer perspectives on engineering technician education in Australia

Dowling, David (2011) Employer perspectives on engineering technician education in Australia. In: 22nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AaeE 2011): Developing Engineers for Social Justice: Community Involvement, Ethics & Sustainability, 5-7 Dec 2011, Fremantle, Australia.

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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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Additional Information: © 2011 David Dowling. Copyright resides with the authors' and/or their employing or funding institutions. Other than brief abstracts, no part of this publication may be produced in any form without the consent of the authors. Paper 408.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 04:48
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2014 00:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering technician education; employers; part-time study
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390402 Education assessment and evaluation
40 ENGINEERING > 4099 Other engineering > 409999 Other engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20537

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