AMTIL wins $2.5m skills grant

25-10-2011

Melbourne-based Australian Manufacturing Institute Limited (AMTIL) has won a $2.5 million grant to develop critical skills and up-skill existing workers to meet demand in the advanced manufacturing sector.

AMTIL won the grant through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) as part of a $28 million program to create new training programs.

The new Federal Government program is aimed at reducing critical skills shortages facing resource, construction, infrastructure and renewable energy sectors.

Under the banner Enabling Critical Industries – Supply Chain Skills, Training, AMTIL will give more than 300 new and existing Australian workers the chance to upgrade their skills. They can also gain higher level qualifications across a range of manufacturing companies, supplying critical products, parts and components to key industry sectors.

“The project will train 313 workers in 27 companies from Certificate III to Diploma relating to Advanced Manufacturing,” explains AMTIL’s Project Coordinator David Creighton. “Involving our Advanced Manufacturing Capability Alliance including RMIT University, Swinburne University, Vative and Leadership Management Australia, we ensure flexible training delivery to workers.”

The project aims to up-skill shopfloor staff for qualified trades and management jobs and to provide training for existing workers and people willing to enter the workforce.

“To remain competitive, industry needs to maintain its advantage through continuously developing highly skilled workers with effective and strategic nationally accredited qualifications,” says Project Manager Greg Chalker. "Industry is demanding highly skilled workers and this 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 says: “This funding agreement reiterates the Government’s confidence in our organisation to help deliver the skill level our industry needs in order to compete with the best in the world.”

Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL)
Ph: 03 9800 3666
www.amtil.com.au

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