New apprenticeship trial aims to prepare for advanced manufacturing future

The federal government and business have collaborated to develop new apprenticeship models, including one aimed at preparing participants for digitised manufacturing.

The new manufacturing trial would involve up to 20 apprentices, and was developed with input from the Australian Industry Group, Siemens and SAP. It will include training in things including machine vision, metal 3D printing and virtual reality, reports The Australian Financial Review.

The aim was to develop apprenticeships incorporating the skills needed for Industry 4.0, said the Ai Group CEO Innes Willox in a statement.

“Ai Group’s Higher Level Applied Technology apprenticeship project has had funding approved under the Stream Two of the Apprenticeships Training – alternative delivery pilots initiative by the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews,” said Willox.

“This innovative project will be implemented in collaboration with Siemens Ltd and Swinburne University of Technology.”

Siemens CEO Jeff Connolly said Australia needed to modify its programs to prepare for Industry 4.0, which involves the merging of the cyber and physical worlds.

“The Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce Apprenticeship program is a practical, action-oriented approach which should further increase our ability to be a part of the future of advanced manufacturing and secure jobs in major global supply chains,” he said.

Also announced was an apprenticeship trial, developed with PricewaterhouseCoopers, dealing with business, information technology and professional services.