Ai Group gets funding for Industry 4.0 apprenticeship program

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 education to develop a range of skills, with a focus on emerging technologies.

Ai Group Chief Executve, Innes Willox, said the organisation had a strong commitment to developing the skills required for companies embarking upon digitisation.

“As Chair of the official Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum, successor to the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce, we are working with industry and government to ensure companies can engage in the ongoing industry transformation,” Willox said.

“Central to this is the development of Industry 4.0 capability and strategy inside business.”

The program will involve including existing mechanical engineering trade units alongside the study of robotic systems, cloud-based data and computer aided design tools. Apprentices will develop advanced technical skills through theoretical and on-the-job training while employed as an apprentice, before graduating with a Diploma in Applied Technologies.

“This new project will create 100 engineering technician apprenticeships over the next four years in both defence industries and the broader manufacturing sector,” Ai Group’s South Ausralia Head Steve Myatt said.

South Australia’s Skilling Australians Fund will provide $100 million to secure matched funding to support an additional 20,800 apprenticeship and traineeship commencements in the state.