ABB Australia has committed to undertake additional manufacturing training schemes for HSC students after completing a successful pilot program in conjunction with TAFE NSW.
Under the two-week structured workplace learning (SWL) program, students learnt and practised OH&S and performed general machining and lathe work and general fabrication and boilermaking at ABB’s service centre at Port Kembla, south of Sydney.
The pilot program has proved so successful that the company has agreed to undertake one scheme per school term in 2002, according to ABB Port Kembla service centre site manager Alex Spillett.
“This scheme provides a win-win situation for all participants,” Spillett said.
“It is a very valuable investment for the future for all parties and we are looking forward to building on it in 2002.”
As part of the scheme – which is fully-funded by the Commonwealth Government through the Enterprise & Career Education Foundation – staff at the centre were also able to improve their own supervisory and training skills as well as preview potential apprentices for future employment.
Spillett said the scheme also benefits the wider community through the potential for increasing employment opportunities in the future in the area.