Industry Reference Group – Engineering

The Engineering Skills and Training Industry Reference Group plays a pivotal role in shaping the workforce responsible for the high-quality standards of designing, building, maintenance and use of engines, machines, structures, and products which underpin much of the manufacturing and other industries vital to the Queensland economy.

This group brings together subject matter experts, peak bodies, unions, leaders and managers from industry to provide proactive and high-quality advice and insights on current challenges and opportunities in the engineering sector. The group helps inform and align Queensland’s training and skills priorities, and guides the design of training programs, workforce solutions and government investment settings.

Engineering in Queensland comprises of approximately 69,979 individuals (20.8% of the national total), and contributes significantly to the Australian economy, making it crucial to ensure that training reflects current industry and training delivery needs. The most recent data shows engineering training packages receive an average of 17,415 commencing students each year, and an average of 8,035 students completing qualifications.

The group is a ‘by invitation-only’ expert community that connects respected stakeholders with a presence in Queensland. The Engineering Skills and Training Industry Reference Group informs MSQ’s major workforce investment and Annual Training Plan, and our Industry Skills Advisory program of work. Through its activities, the group aims to optimise the training system to industry needs and build and retain a skilled workforce in Queensland.

  • Review the effectiveness and suitability of the Queensland Government’s annual investment in Vocational Education and Training (VET) to support skilling, jobs growth, and employment opportunities.
  • Identify evidence of unmet demands, current and emerging trends, and discuss innovative solutions.
  • Inform and contribute to the national VET reform agenda, including the development of training package products.
  • Advocate for quality in training as the stewards of industry.
  • Inform the ongoing program of work for Manufacturing Skills Queensland and our role as part of the Industry Skills Advisory program.

Training packages are a key feature of Australia’s national VET system. The Industry Reference Group supports Manufacturing Skills Queensland provide advice about training and skills opportunities and challenges in relevant training packages.

These packages cover engineering qualifications from entry level (certificate I and II) to graduate diploma in engineering, watch and jewellery manufacturing, marine craft, recreational vehicles, process manufacturing, competitive systems and more.

The Industry Reference Group consists of experts and leaders from employers, employer bodies, and unions, to support a skilled and future-proofed workforce.

Apprentice Employment Network QNT

Apprentice Employment Network QNT

Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union


Boyne Smelters Limited

Downer Group

Eastgate Engineering

Engineers Australia

Eptec Group, and Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA)

HYTEK Framing

JRS Manufacturing Group Pty Ltd

JRS Manufacturing Group Pty Ltd

Metal-Tech Industries

Minecorp Australia

Minecorp Australia


Richie’s Engineering Services

RJS Tech Pty Ltd


TEi Services Pty Ltd

Upton Engineering and Manufacturing

XL Service Bodies Pty Ltd

Becoming a member of the Engineering Skills and Training Industry Reference Group involves active participation from employers, unions, and peak bodies in the industry. Representatives from these entities contribute to the group’s initiatives by providing valuable insights, sharing industry-specific strategies, and collaborating on workforce development solutions to meet the evolving needs of the engineering sector. If you’re interested in becoming a member, contact us.

The Engineering Skills and Training Industry Reference Group extends special invitations to guests and representatives to present to the group. These invited guests often include industry experts, government officials, and representatives from educational and training institutions. Presentations cover a wide range of topics, including the latest industry trends, technological advancements, regulatory updates, and innovative workforce solutions. Connect with us to get involved.

The Industry Reference Group meets at least four times each year. The group may meet in addition to this and by exception where necessary. Meetings are held virtually to enable attendance from across Queensland.

  • 28 February
  • 22 May
  • 28 August
  • 13 November

The Industry Reference Group has supported the development of a number of current projects.


Funded through the Queensland Government’s VET Emerging Industries Manufacturing Fund, this project will enhance the interstate and international competitiveness of Queensland manufacturers by upskilling existing workers and ensure the units of competence are available to be included in future training plans for certificate III, IV and diploma apprentices and trainees.

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Identify engineering occupations which are currently in skills shortage within the regions of Queensland and develop strategies which will attract potential apprentices to be skilled.

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Develop the learning and assessment materials of nine units of competence so that apprentices can acquire advanced machining skills within their certificate IV apprenticeship.

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If you want to join this group, attend as a guest, or register to attend our engagement event series, please fill out the form to submit your interest.

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The Engineering Skills and Training Industry Reference Group is coordinated by Manufacturing Skills Queensland through the Industry Skills Advisory program.

The Industry Skills Advisory program is an initiative of the Queensland Government, designed to support employer, small business and industry connect and engage with the training sector, government programs and investment.

The Industry Skills Advisory program is funded by the Queensland Government as part of Skills for Queensland – Great training for quality jobs.

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