The Government has unveiled a $5 million scheme to encourage high-quality graduate engineers to work in Australia’s automotive sector. The Automotive Engineering Graduate Programme aims to increase the level of advanced engineering skills in the sector and is part of the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund announced in the 2017-2018 Budget.
Launching the scheme, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said: “As an engineer myself, I am very pleased to announce the opening of a program that seeks out some of our best and brightest graduate engineers to pursue research projects with automotive businesses.
“Under the programme, graduate students will put forward research proposals and the best of these will receive funding.
“Australia has a thriving automotive components sector and is competitive in global vehicle design. We need more of the highly skilled engineers involved in these areas and across the broader automotive industry, including trucks and buses, in order to compete internationally in the rapidly changing space of vehicle design.
“Engineers, designers and technicians have a key role to play in the transformation of Australian automotive manufacturing to higher value-added products and services,” she concluded.
Proposals for the Automotive Engineering Graduate Programme can be submitted online. Applications close on the 6th December 2018.