The “New Zealand Engineering Skills Shortage” paper by Ross Waugh was presented during the June 2019 IPWEA NZ Conference in Wellington.
The full title of the paper is, “The Criticality of People in the Sustainability of Infrastructure Management Service Delivery in New Zealand.”
Everyone in public works service delivery knows about the skills shortage. It is about to get a lot worse. The problem and the solution are found in the Maori phase He tangata, it is the people.
It is increasingly recognised that we are facing a major Engineering skills shortage in NZ. The reality is that this skills shortage is much wider than just engineering skills and is across the whole stack of skills needed to deliver public works services to our communities. This is becoming a core issue in our ability to sustainably deliver public works service levels in NZ and is projected to get progressively worse over the next decade.
This presentation and accompanying paper will review the size and breadth of the skills shortage. An overview will be provided of the current range of education, industry and government initiatives in place to address the skills shortage.
The infrastructure management and service delivery impacts of the skills shortage will be unpacked including impacts on risks, quality, sustainability, procurement and service delivery cost.
The adequacy of current responses to the industry skills shortage, the role of technology, expert systems, artificial intelligence and examination of possible additional industry responses will conclude the presentation.
You can access the PDF copy of the “New Zealand Engineering Skills Shortage” by clicking on the link below:
Below is the slide presentation of Ross Waugh that was based on the New Zealand Engineering Skills Shortage paper.