Professional development of engineering graduates with Jason Fletcher
Jason Fletcher | Education Manager, Engineering Education Australia
Published on 10 January 2024
In this video, 360ed.tv chats with Jason Fletcher who is the Education Manager for Engineering Education Australia (EEA), the training arm of Engineers Australia, about professional development and training opportunities for engineers post graduation.
Against a backdrop of engineer shortages to meet Australia’s industry targets, Jason discusses the need to remove employment barriers for graduates and recruit more international talent. He outlines how EEA’s pilot Global Engineering Talent (GET) program is addressing this by providing practical training tied to a nationally-accredited benchmark, to improve employment prospects and facilitate the transition for international engineers.
Jason also explores the internship opportunities Engineering Education Australia offers, and their comprehensive e-learning course ‘Getting Started in the Australian Engineering Profession’ to ensure a better cultural footing and industry immersion for those migrating.
In response to emerging expectations of graduate skills and preparation upon job placement, Jason explains how Engineering Education Australia has redesigned and relaunched their graduate program following extensive industry consultation, to better encompass professional skills such as time management, negotiation and communication that both employees and graduates crave.
Among other rich learning content, Jason points to the e-portfolio as a crucial new aspect of the graduate program, discussing the benefits and results of ‘learning through reflection’ and how the portfolio is a practical learning artefact that encourages buy-in from the organisations who partake in the program. To conclude, Jason looks at data reporting to measure learner engagement and impact of their L&D efforts.
How are learning and development initiatives being used to prepare graduate engineers for the workforce? Watch the video to learn more.
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