APESMA has hit back at a news story in today’s Financial Review which suggested the Commonwealth Government is set to recruit up to 30,000 Indian workers to help solve the skills shortage.
CEO of APESMA, Chris Walton, said while there was no doubt many Indian engineers were up to the job the Government’s priority should be to invest in engineers already based in Australia.
“The Australian public rightly expects high levels of safety in their engineering projects,” Mr Walton said.
“Unfortunately Indian engineering and construction projects are often not built to Australian standards, as demonstrated by the recent Delhi Commonwealth Games. As India is not a signatory to the various engineering Accords, Indian engineering qualifications are not formally recognised in Australia. So it’s going to be very tough for anyone to find out which engineers are really ready to work to Australian standards and which ones aren’t.”
“Australian engineers certainly don’t want to have to run around patching up the mistakes of engineers who aren’t up to the job. We also don’t want Australian workers and the community being put at risk.”
Mr Walton said he would be disappointed if the Government didn’t invest in the many other ways of helping to solve the skills crisis in Australian engineering in its Budget to be released next week.
We are keen to work with the Commonwealth Government to resolve the skills shortage in engineering in a more comprehensive and responsible way.