Babcock to hire interns amid engineering talent shortage – Australian Aviation
Babcock has announced that it will accept a new class of graduate trainees in November with positions available in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Auckland.
The helicopter engineering and emergency services provider said the two-year program will include positions spanning engineering, project management, finance, human resources and IT.
He joins the company running its separate 13-week paid internship program, which will end in February 2023.
Babcock’s announcement comes as the aviation industry faces one of the worst skills shortages in generations, with the industry’s leading body for engineers warning that the situation is so dire that projects are delayed and employees are promoted to positions for which they are not ready.
Babcock executive director Brad Yelland said those who earn a place in the graduate program will be nurtured and exposed to new techniques.
“Due to the scale of the work we undertake, the opportunities available are not limited to STEM graduates,” Yelland said. “Graduate roles will integrate with Babcock’s departments, including engineering, human resources, finance and strategy.
“Our program allows graduates to be mentored by industry experts and leads to real career results. Upon completion, participants will remain employed at Babcock.
Positions are available for those who have studied: naval architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, mechatronics, electronics, project management, business, marketing, commerce, HR and software.
Babcock added that those who succeed in the separate internship program will also have a high chance of progressing to the longer graduate program.
In October last year, Engineers Australia’s chief engineer, Jane MacMaster, said the shortage of Australian aviation skills in the profession had become such a problem that it is now mentioned to her “almost every the meetings”.
“Everyone I talk to in the industry raises pretty much the same concern,” MacMaster said. “Every time I meet a chief engineer and ask him what the main challenges he faces are, almost exclusively the skills shortage comes up as the most important issue.
“I think delaying some projects is an implication that we see. In other fields, we see people being promoted to higher positions, probably before they are ready and before they have accumulated the ideal number of years of experience.
Many industries nationwide are complaining of shortages which have been exacerbated by the closure of Australian borders.
Before COVID, almost 60% of the engineering industry were migrants.