Professional Skills Development 

leading the development of a future fit workforce for a sustainable society.


Engineers without Borders Australia’s emerging Professional Skills Development Program provides new opportunities for targeted professional development in the engineering and professional services sector.  

The Professional Skills Development program showcases leading practice in:

human centered approaches,

community development,

cross-cultural learning and effective communication,

stakeholder engagement,

sustainable development goals,

diversity and inclusion and

designing sustainable, equitable and appropriate solutions

In addition, some programs explore the concept of leadership, business modelling, enterprise development and management methodologies and how they relate to the implementation and scaling of solutions. 

The Professional Skills Development Program, supports participants and organisations to;

  • develop the breadth skills required to be an effective and relevant engineer of the future and have a future-ready workforce

  • develop a shift in mindset in approaching designing innovative sustainable solutions and opportunities to add value to their business

  • obtain the skills required to engage effectively and facilitate people/human-centric design approaches/processes

Developed and delivered by experienced professionals from community development, professional practice and design, EWB Australia’s Professional Skills Development Program presents a range of initiatives ranging from 2 hour, ½ day, 1-2 day workshops and immersive learning opportunities (1-2 week on-country) that build professional skills and, in some cases, leverage the technical skills of professional participants to work on real-world challenges.

In-house initiatives are available.  Contact for prospectus

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the global context

A rapidly evolving global economy, and complex issues such as climate change, urbanisation and poverty alleviation present a myriad of opportunities and challenges for the technical-engineering sector. Coupled with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams that are often divided geographically, today’s engineers are expected to have professional breadth skills in cross-cultural awareness and communication, teamwork and coordination to support their technical depth skills.

Understanding, and being able to apply, design thinking and a human-centered approach is increasingly necessary for the technical-engineering sector - globally, and in our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on country.

Upcoming Initiatives

  • Deep-dive into Human Centered Approaches ‘1-day professional workshop’

    • Sydney, November 2018

    • Perth, November 2018

  • Solutions for Sustainable Development Intensive ‘8-day work-integrated learning experience in the field’ 

    • ‘members only’, Cambodia, February 2019

    • ‘corporate partners and individuals’, Australia/International, May-July 2019 more details coming soon

 In 2018/19, EWB Australia will pilot initiatives within this program with selected companies, organisations and individuals.  Piloting of our initiatives allows EWB Australia to ‘live’ the human-centred design process - working with participants to understand how each program can be adjusted to meet learning objectives and expectations.

For further information and to be part of leading exciting change in the engineering sector, join us!