The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to fostering a strong and vibrant engineering industry in Tasmania to support our economy and create local jobs into the future.

In attending the third annual Engineers Australia – Engineering Meets Parliament dinner with some of the nation’s leading engineers, we want to ensure continued strong professional development and training for the industry.

Importantly the Tasmanian Workforce Development Strategy, developed by Engineers Australia with support of the Government, sets out a practical and coordinated way to encourage more Tasmanians into the profession.

Since it was launched we have continued to support the sector and provide assistance for the first two stages of the implementation.

Firstly we have established a workforce development committee to lead initiatives identified by the industry.

Second, we will create a new skills framework for Tasmanian engineers to participate more effectively in global supply chains and work virtually.

This was what the industry told us they needed and will underpin the strength of the sector by providing pathways to a rewarding career, with a focus on inclusiveness to appeal to a wider demographic.

Be it tackling the gender divide, moderating socio-economic factors that may prevent capable young people following this path or seeking out new Tasmanians moving to the state – this strategy will ensure engineering as a profession remains attractive and achievable.

The Hodgman Government stands with Engineers Australia for the benefit of the profession and the state.

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