Media Release: Manufacturing Skills Queensland and Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance announce new partnership

By Renee Dickens

1 July 2024

  • Queensland’s manufacturing sector will benefit from the new partnership with Manufacturing Skills Queensland (MSQ) and the Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance (Manufacturing Alliance).
  • The collaboration between MSQ and the Manufacturing Alliance is focused on attracting, retaining, and developing capability in the manufacturing sector and giving industry a voice into the skills system.
  • Moving forward both organisations will work closely to develop and deliver key projects aligned to the Manufacturing Alliance’s 2024 workforce plan and its role as the Jobs and Skills Council for manufacturing-related training packages.

The Manufacturing Alliance and MSQ have forged a strategic partnership aimed at leveraging local Queensland intelligence to inform workforce planning and training product development.

As the Jobs and Skills Council (JSC) for the manufacturing sector, the Manufacturing Alliance want to ensure that the manufacturing industry can access workers with the skills needed to shape an innovative future made right here in Australia. MSQ is also committed to futureproofing the manufacturing industry in Queensland.

This partnership marks a significant step towards enhancing collaboration and knowledge exchange between the state and the manufacturing JSC, ultimately strengthening the support for the Queensland and Australian manufacturing workforce and industry.

Under the new partnership, MSQ and the Manufacturing Alliance will work together to align approaches and share intelligence to accelerate key projects that strengthen the state’s manufacturing capabilities.

Manufacturing Alliance has two projects already underway; ‘Building a defence manufacturing workforce’ which is dedicated to understanding the alignment between the capacity and capabilities of the skills system and the future needs of the defence manufacturing workforce; and ‘Aviation maintenance skills pathways’ which will examine the alignment between the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) new licensing regulations and the training system. MSQ is supporting these projects to ensure the Queensland’s industry is heard.

The Manufacturing Alliance and MSQ will also collaborate closely on the update of manufacturing-related training packages.

This partnership represents a first for the Australian Government’s Jobs and Skills Councils and highlights the Manufacturing Alliance’s commitment to ensuring the solutions developed enhance workforce readiness and industry competitiveness and meet state and Australian requirements.

Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Officer, Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance, Sharon Robertson

“Collaborating with Manufacturing Skills Queensland to leverage local Queensland intelligence represents a pivotal moment for the Manufacturing Alliance.

“This partnership underscores our commitment to Queensland’s manufacturing industry. This strategic integration of local insights and expertise offered by Manufacturing Skills Queensland will enable us to develop training packages and projects that resonate with the industry’s current and future demands, ultimately contributing to a more resilient and competitive manufacturing workforce.

“We are committed to working collaboratively towards a system that supports a sustainable, prosperous future for the manufacturing industry.

Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Officer, Manufacturing Skills Queensland, Rebecca Andrews

“Queensland’s manufacturing industry is poised for significant growth over the next decade. this partnership enables a streamlined approach for Queensland stakeholders to actively contribute to the development of products at a national level, ensuring that they accurately reflect the dynamic needs of our local manufacturing landscape.

“Embracing the opportunity that is before us needs collaborative effort—employers, peaks, unions, training organisations and all levels of government—to future-proof the industry, build capability and secure manufacturing in Queensland.

“We are dedicated to fostering an environment where knowledge exchange and stakeholder input play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Queensland’s manufacturing workforce.

For more information, contact:

Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance: Caroline Henricks 0449 029 822

Manufacturing Skills Queensland: Quinn Sunderland 0409 495 795

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