Manufacturing a skilled future

The 2012 MSQ Skills Conference and Awards, to be held in Brisbane on Friday 18 May, will address many of the challenges facing manufacturing businesses today, including: 

  • How to attract and retain skilled talent  
  • How to turn around the resource skills drain from manufacturing  
  • Skilling strategies to ensure businesses have the capacity and capability to grow 
  • What is diversity and how will it benefit a business  
  • Programs to assist with upskilling and training the workforce for the future.  

Organised by MSQ, a division of QMI Solutions, the conference will also look at how industry can retain mature-aged workers to pass on their valuable skills to the next generation. 

The conference will also investigate the success of the mining and construction in particular how they have managed to attract and retain women in the workforce. 

QMI Solutions’ CEO Jim Walker encourages everybody involved in manufacturing in Queensland to attend the conference.  

"The industry is moving from a process engineering background to a focus on R&D, product innovation and design, which means the workforce needs to be trained not only with engineering skills, but also problem solving and creativity to make manufacturing the cradle of innovation," he said.  

"We are facing demanding times but have the opportunity to secure and embrace the future of Queensland manufacturing if we act now. The industry must focus on innovative manufacturing and nurturing the next generation," Walker said. 

The 2012 Manufacturing Skills Awards, taking place on the night of the conference, are a chance to recognise young talent rising through the ranks of the manufacturing industry.

Categories include:

  • Manufacturing School of the Year
  • Manufacturing School-based Trainee or Apprentice of the Year
  • Manufacturing Indigenous Student of the Year
  • Manufacturing Trainee of the Year
  • Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year
  • Manufacturing VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year
  • Registered Training Organisation of the Year
  • Small to Medium Employer of the Year
  • Large Employer of the Year
  • Student of the Year.  

Please note, the applications for nominations for the awards close on 18 April

For more information please visit the MSQ website.