As anyone working in the Engineering and Infrastructure Management fields in New Zealand, Australia or indeed much of the Western world knows – there is an Engineering Skills Shortage.
I outlined in my recent Ingenium Conference Paper the Engineering Skills Shortage could well be a major infrastructure management constraint going forward for New Zealand.
It is of such concern in this part of the world that there have been conferences, action plans by professional bodies, Future in Tech initiatives in high schools, additional government funding for University engineering courses, additional placement of skilled migrants with engineering skills – the list goes on.
Taking a longer view I think Debbie Sterling of Goldie Blox has put her finger on one of the major problems – Engineering is a male dominated profession, and we find it very difficult to attract and retain women in our profession.
I have purchased Goldie Blox from Amazon for my two little girls in support of Debbie and a hope to solving the engineering skills shortage.