Engineer shortage could lead to construction crisis in NZ

Engineering New Zealand says a more diverse workforce could help boost the number of critically needed engineers.

A crisis is looming if New Zealand doesn’t work smarter and up the number of engineers.

Billions of dollars is being poured into projects around the country, including building roads, bridges, hospitals, and railway lines, but there aren’t enough engineers for the massive undertakings.

Engineering NZ’s statistics showed 7 per cent of Kiwi graduates in 2017, studied engineering.

Stu Clark says his firm, New Zealand Environmental Technologies, advertised a graduate role for four months and didn’t get a single suitable Kiwi applicant.

Chief executive Susan Freeman-Greene said the number of graduates needed to be closer to the OECD average of 12 per cent if the country was to make up for the skills shortfall.

Read interview with Konstantin Shukhmin talking about teaching engineering.

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