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Engineers Australia strikes deal to ease industrial engineering crisis

Engineers Australia has announced a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) to allow Spanish and Australian engineers to move between both countries and aid the shortage of workers.

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Announcing the partnership with Spain’s governing body for industrial engineers, the General Council of Official Colleges of Industrial Engineers (CGCOII), on March 1, the new MRA covers members of Engineers Australia holding a relevant engineering qualification in Industrial, Chemical, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering. The three-year partnership seeks to recognise the differences in qualification standards between the two countries, providing Spanish Industrial Engineers a pathway to meet Engineers Australia membership requirements without the initial assessment stage. Additionally, it aims to help Australian engineers meet Spanish qualification requirements, especially the 6-year European Masters.

Speaking at the signing of the MRA, Romilly Madew AO, Engineers Australia’s CEO, said the role of engineers has “never been more important” in constructing a sustainable, resilient built environment.

“Enabling skilled engineers to work across borders is an incredibly important part of addressing these challenges,” he said. “That is why we have international mobility agreements which enable our members to live and work in more than 120 countries – and why today is such a significant milestone.”

News of the MRA between Engineers Australia and CGCOII comes as Australia seeks to fill 100,000 engineering roles in the next decade.

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