Top students recognised and skills shortage addressed

The Australian Power Institute (API) has today awarded thirteen Victorian first-year engineering students with bursaries as part of an industry-wide push to strengthen the country’s energy industry skills base.

API CEO Mike Griffin said the winning students, who are from Monash University, Victoria University and RMIT, were of a very high standard, in terms of academic achievement and leadership qualities.

“The API - a not-for-profit organisation established by the power industry - is serious about encouraging first year engineering students to consider power engineering as an exciting career choice with excellent job prospects,” Mr Griffin said.

“The next generation of power engineers will be instrumental in providing the solutions to important challenges such as climate change.

“By supporting the development of graduates with specialised power engineering skills we can recognise the high quality graduates who meet the future requirements of the industry” he said.

The bursaries, which were jointly hosted by SP AusNet - Victoria’s largest energy delivery business – and awarded by Minister for Energy and Resources Peter Batchelor at Scienceworks, will see each student receive $8000 over a four-year period, as well as valuable work experience and vacation employment.

Bursary recipients will be able to participate in work experience programs within the power industry to help broaden their knowledge and strengthen their capabilities.

SP AusNet General Manager Human Resources and Communications and API Director of the Board John Azaris said the API’s Power Engineering Bursary Program seeks to ensure engineering graduates have the best training on offer and gain first hand knowledge of the career paths available within the industry.

“This is just one of a number of initiatives the energy industry, through the API, has implemented to address the expected shortfall of engineering graduates over the next five years,” Mr Azaris said.

“The bursary program is a good example of what can be achieved when organisations work together.

“The API is providing opportunities for the next generation of power engineers, with the bursaries reinforcing the message to prospective students that excellent employment opportunities exist for power engineering graduates,” he said.

Forty-two students will receive bursaries nationally over the next 2 months.

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