Posted March 21, 2019 09:20:47It seems that civil engineers have fallen behind in the job market in Australia.
While some people may think this is because the field is so new and many don’t have the skills required, research suggests that’s not true.
The key is not to be complacent, but to be ambitious, according to a report released on Monday by the Australian Institute of Civil Engineers (AICEE).
In its 2016 survey, AICEE found that about 85 per cent of people had at least some experience with civil engineering.
This has increased the job vacancy rate for civil engineers from 12 per cent in 2016 to more than 30 per cent today.
But, while it’s not surprising that people don’t want to take up the civil engineering career, there is a need to improve skills, said Dr Lisa McCollum, the chief executive officer of AICIE.
The AICEA has developed a strategy to increase the recruitment and retention of civil engineers and recruit more people with relevant training.
It is an area that is still growing but is a major focus for the organisation.
The strategy is focused on the recruitment of qualified candidates from all backgrounds.
Dr McCollm said the AICAE was taking the challenge of attracting and retaining skilled civil engineers seriously.
“We’re trying to get the right people in front of the job,” she said.
“And we’re really working to make sure that we can recruit people that will be able to get to work with the skills that they need to do that.”
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