Premier’s Award for TAFE Qld and Defence Australia


A training program to develop high level welding skills was recognised by industry in the Premier’s Industry Collaboration Award granted recently to TAFE Queensland and Rheinmetall Defence Australia.

 The industry training collaboration between TAFE Qld and Rheinmetall Defence Australia delivered the ISO 9606 Fusion Welding Program

 TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mary Campbell  said the program enables local engineering and advanced manufacturing businesses to upskill existing workers and transitional welders to the international welding standard.

 “Defence is a rapidly growing global industry and skilling participants with the right qualifications to build sovereign capability will make Queenslanders more competitive in securing work in defence and advanced manufacturing industries,” Mrs Campbell said.

 The award recognises the outstanding achievements of TAFE Queensland and Rheinmetall Defence Australia in delivering high level welding skills and training vital to the production of Australia’s newest combat vehicles in Queensland.

 The training program provides opportunities for graduates to contribute to the defence industry supply chain.

 Rheinmetall Defence Australia and TAFE Queensland have established a strong partnership built around a Memorandum of Understanding which was endorsed by TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mary Campbell and Rheinmetall Defence Australia Managing Director Gary Stewart.

 The partnership is vital to supporting the $5.2 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 contract to build 211 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles in South East Queensland.

 Without ISO 9606 qualified welders Queensland engineering and manufacturing businesses would have needed to engage overseas workers.

 “To be at the forefront of training that unites and supports our economy and the growth of local supply chain businesses within both the national and international market, is a milestone that TAFE Queensland is extremely proud of,” Mrs Campbell said.

 “Since the initial pilot program was launched, TAFE Queensland has already trained 130 participants in the new international welding qualification,” she said.

 The Queensland Training Awards are the peak, state awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

 Across 14 categories, the awards recognise individuals and organisations that strive for and have achieved success, best practice and innovation in vocational education and training (VET).

 The awards celebrating its 59th year in 2020, showcase all that's great about VET in Queensland

 Award categories include those for apprentices, trainees, vocational students, teachers and trainers, as well as training providers and employers.

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