API CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The career development program was developed due to the industry experiencing shortages and recruitment difficulties for Senior Engineers and for power engineering management nation wide.
The historically large proportion (25%) of power engineers less than 30 years of age, combined with the reduction in the 40-49 year band (from 30% to 20%), will accentuate continuing professional development challenges.
With almost 30% of the estimated 6,500 power engineers already over 50 years of age, there will be a major exodus of professional staff through retirements over the next decade.
The API Board consequently proposed a career development program for mid career professionals (4-10 years experience) to prepare/facilitate the pipeline of future senior/experienced engineers for industry.
The program was piloted in Victoria in 2013 with six member companies (AEMO, GDF Suez, Wilson Transformer Company, Aurecon, SP-AusNet, United Energy) nominating 15 participants on the program.
- Increase pipeline of experienced, capable and innovative professionals to lead productivity and new technology contributions – contribute to industry cost reduction and increased service provision objectives
- Develop business and technical leadership, mentoring and coaching skills of mid career engineers – which will also support developing the increased proportion of young professionals (industry engineers under 30 have increased from 14% in 2004 to 25% in 2011).
- Use collective resources of API membership to complement in-company programs and achieve reductions in training and development expenditures and overheads