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Metal Casting Technologies : Dec 2009
16 www.metals.rala.com.au BRIEFINGS waiting for the Thai government to resolve the situation. There are some concerns that environmentalists in Thailand want to reduce further industrial developments. The Thai Industry Minister said that Thailand cannot just depend on farming and agriculture for income and needs further investment in industry but that new approaches are needed such that industry is located in limited zones with separation between industrial and residential areas. With regard to improving road links with China the Industrial Estates Authority of Thailand is working on plans to develop estates in north and north eastern provinces. Skilling up in Queensland, Australia A training partnership between The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), SkillsTech Australia and Brisbane North Institute of TAFE will help businesses respond to the economic downturn. The Queensland Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative will also help fund this project. Ai Group's Queensland Director, Chris Rodwell, said the project was designed to help businesses respond to the economic downturn by maximising the productivity of existing workforces with tailored training. "The year 2009 holds challenges for the workplace, managing the impacts of the global economic and financial crisis, technical advances, regulation issues and changing demographics," Mr Rodwell said. "In this climate it is essential for businesses to improve their productivity to remain competitive and viable. Tracy Bolt, Ai Group's Project Coordinator, said the project was an opportunity for businesses to access flexible training to build a skilled workforce and a competitive edge leading into the next boom. "The project assists low skilled workers to undertake accredited training, increasing their skill level, employability and productivity," Ms Bolt said. Ai Group with SkillsTech Australia, the lead TAFE institute for trade and technician training, developed a quality online Employability Skills Package. The Employability Skills Package also used industry research and digital resources from the Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE. Although the project is in its early days, feedback from industry has been positive, regarding interactive content and easy navigation making it a refreshing learning model. SkillsTech Australia Project Coordinator, Des Harms, said they were delighted to partner with Ai Group to upskill the Queensland workforce during the economic downturn. "SkillsTech Australia's vision is to be industry's right hand and this project is a perfect example," Mr Harms said. "It is about meeting the needs of employers in this economic climate and helping people keep their jobs." Training is delivered in employability skills and technical skills. SkillsTech Australia's online Employability Skills Package covers generic workplace skills ranging from manual handling to communication in the workplace in a 120 hour program. The package is accessible from any computer with Internet access, providing the flexibility of completion inside or outside work time. In the technical skills area, employers choose competencies specific to their business needs to make up the remaining 130 hours of training. Competencies available for selection are from the Metals & Engineering package (MEM05), Certificate I & II in Transport and Logistics (Warehousing & Storage) and Certificate II & III in Business Administration. The cost varies depending on the technical skills selected, however the approximate cost to the employer for 250 hours of training is around $200 per participant. If you are interested in finding out more information or would like to take part in the project, contact Ai Group's project coordinator Tracy Bolt at email@example.com Surface technology is Green As part of the celebrations to mark its 30th Anniversary the Thai Parkerizing Company held a special technical seminar and exhibition on 28th October 2009 at the Century Park Hotel in Bangkok under the banner of "Environment Friendly & New Surface Technology". The event was supported by the National Metal & Materials Technology Centre (MTEC) and Chulalongkorn University. Thai Parkerizing is part of the Nihon Parkerizing Group of Japan and is one of the leading surface and heat treatment technology providers in Thailand for the automobile, electronics and electrical appliances, machinery and machine tools sectors Trainee Rodney Cross and SkillsTech Australia trainer Nilesh Govind-Vanmali
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