A new report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows a 16 per cent rise in apprentices and trainees in NSW this year against a national increase of 2.8 per cent. The NCVER report on government-funded students and courses showed there are 74,300 apprentices and trainees doing off-the-job training in NSW, which … Continue reading Growth in apprenticeships and traineeships in NSW
Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding College officially opened this week, and will provide a coordinated approach to workforce development and training across the industry. Located at Obsborne in South Australia, the College is being managed on behalf of the Australian Government by the Naval Shipbuilding Institute (NSI) Australia – a joint venture between Kellogg Brown and Root … Continue reading Australian Naval Shipbuilding College officially opens
The Federal Government is providing $4.1 million to support a new research training centre in Victoria to develop artificial intelligence (AI) applications for medical technologies and expert training. The Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre in Cognitive Computing for Medical Technologies was launched this week at The University of Melbourne. Funded with $4.1 million from … Continue reading New medical technologies research centre set up in Victoria
Ai Group will lead the rollout of the Industry 4.0 Higher Apprenticeships in South Australia, as one of the first recipients of the grants available under the Skilling Australians Fund and the Skilling South Australia Initiative. The apprenticeships program, developed by Ai Group with Siemens and Swinburne University of Technology, will blend vocational and higher … Continue reading Ai Group gets funding for Industry 4.0 apprenticeship program
The Queensland government is funding new 3D augmented reality systems to help train workers seeking welding qualifications. Ten augmented reality welding training simulators have been purchased by the government at a total cost of up to $800,000. Queensland state development, manufacturing, infrastructure and planning minister, Cameron Dick, said that the systems would help workers meet … Continue reading Qld gov funding 3D augmented reality systems for welding training
Emerson Automation Solutions expands its vortex flow meter portfolio with the addition of the Rosemount 8600 Utility Vortex Flow Meter, designed specifically for utility applications. Its application-specific design reduces installation costs, provides accurate and reliable flow measurement, and extends vortex technology into a wider range of applications. The Rosemount 8600 Utility Vortex delivers the benefits … Continue reading New vortex flow meter for utility applications
Company tax cuts are a key component of Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison’s plan to drive growth in jobs and wages, spurring on the Australian economy. There’s no question that tax cuts and lower energy prices will enable companies to keep more of the money they make. But it’s not more money per se, but what … Continue reading Management education, not just tax cuts, needed to create jobs and growth
Most robots achieve grasping and tactile sensing through motorised means, which can be excessively bulky and rigid. A Cornell group has devised a way for a soft robot to feel its surroundings internally, in much the same way humans do. A group led by Robert Shepherd, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and principal … Continue reading Engineers develop robot with human-like tactile senses
Australia’s second next-generation warship has been launched in South Australia. The Australian Navy’s latest vessel Brisbane was officially named and launched this morning at Techport, Australia’s premier naval industry hub. Brisbane is the second of three warships built in Adelaide as part of the most complex defence project in Australia’s history – an $8 billion … Continue reading Australia’s second Air Warfare Destroyer launched in Adelaide
The HLF series fiber laser is the newest edition to the range of Yawei sheetmetal machinery to be available from Applied Machinery. Yawei is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of CNC press brakes, CNC turret punch presses and guillotines and their entrance into the laser cutting market is off the back of years of … Continue reading New laser machine set to launch in the Australian market
According to a recent article in Forbes, America’s manufacturers are getting very worried. As you read this, a number of influential US manufacturers and their associated industry representatives are urging President-elect Donald Trump to back off from his most threatening trade rhetoric. They want him to pursue a more nuanced approach to trade with China … Continue reading OPINION: So how will the manufacturing sector respond to President Trump?
Lantek has developed a new functionality to its existing range of sheet metal solutions CAD/CAM software, which integrates online parts and consumables procurement for sheet metal parts. Using CAD/CAM software, Lantek’s customers can integrate with their own customers into a supply chain, allowing them to reorder previously supplied parts or request quotations for the manufacture of … Continue reading Sheet metal working now at your fingertips
Unlike our previous election, in fact unlike our past three federal elections, in the US, both candidates for president are vowing to revitalise and resurrect the U.S. manufacturing industry. In fact, Donald Trump says he will “reclaim millions of American jobs” while Hillary Clinton is pushing a “make it in America” strategy. “While too many … Continue reading OPINION: Unlike in Australia, US elections are all about manufacturing
When I first saw the results of IFS’s Digital Transformation Survey of nearly 500 senior decision makers in 20+ countries, I was surprised that only 50 per cent of respondents in Australia said they had a clear strategy for digital transformation. The reason wasn’t that 50 per cent seemed like a low figure based on … Continue reading OPINION: Are Australian companies doing enough to transform themselves?
Glencore has announced that it will be closing its North Queensland Bowen Coke Works facility over the next few months. According to the bulk commodities company, the Bowen Coke Works has been in operation since 1933 providing metallurgical coke for the Mount Isa Mines’ lead smelter. While no exact timeline for the closure was given, … Continue reading Bowen Coke gets snuffed out
Employers investing in LLN programs in their workplaces can expect to see returns on investment of between 102 and 163 per cent, according to new research.
RMIT Advanced Manufacturing Precinct ha become an authorised Okuma machine operation and programming training facility.
WorldSkills Australia has announced the names of the 25 competitors to compete at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in Brazil.
Former Pacific Brands CEO John Pollaers has been appointed to chair the Australian Industry and Skills Committee.
TAFE Queensland SkillsTech foundry teacher Anthony Freemantle has incorporated a 3D printer into his teaching program.