The Melbourne-based AMTIL (Australian Manufacturing Institute Limited) has won a multi-million dollar grant to help workers develop critical skills to meet increasing demand from the manufacturing sector.
AMTIL has been given a $2.5 million grant through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) following a Federal Government announcement to pump $28 million into new training programs in a bid to reduce the critical skills shortages facing resource, construction, infrastructure and renewable energy sectors.
The grant will be used to develop critical skills and up-skill more than 300 new and existing workers around the country under the banner ‘Enabling critical industries – supply chain skills’.
These workers will have the opportunity to upgrade their skills and gain higher level qualifications across a range of manufacturing companies supplying critical products, parts and components to key industry sectors.
According to AMTIL’s Project Coordinator David Creighton, the project will train 313 workers in 27 companies from Certificate III to Diploma relating to Advanced Manufacturing through their Advanced Manufacturing Capability Alliance comprising of RMIT University, Swinburne University, Vative and Leadership Management Australia.
The project aims to up-skill shop floor staff for qualified trades and management jobs as well as provide training for existing workers and people willing to enter the workforce.
Project Manager Greg Chalker explains that the manufacturing industry needs to maintain its advantage and remain competitive by continuously developing highly skilled workers with effective and strategic nationally accredited qualifications.
He adds that the program will support employers to improve the capability of their workforce, allowing them a good chance of achieving sustainable growth in their business.
AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti said that the funding agreement reiterated the Government’s confidence in their organisation to help deliver the skill level required by industry to compete with the best in the world.
He added that it was important that industry and employers took advantage of this project to address their skills in demand.
Minister for Skills and Jobs, Senator Chris Evans last month announced successful projects under the $200 million Critical Skills Investment Fund (CSIF), which aims to help increase the supply of skilled labour for enterprises in critical industry sectors.