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Philip Andersen gets guernsey for trade skills body

Thursday, 22 February 2007
By Print 21 Online Article

The reference group provides input into the board of the Institute that represents the automotive, building and construction, electrical, manufacturing, metals and engineering, hospitality and personal services, rural and mineral resources sectors.

Mr Andersen said his appointment would give the printing and associated industries greater input into the shaping of industry training resources.

“While industry may have input into the content of training courses, it does not have a lot of control over the outcomes,” he said. “An important role of the Institute is to correct this and to improve the profile and status of trades by ensuring the needs of employers are met.”

“For our industry this in part means encompassing a more dynamic approach to traditional skills training to reflect rapidly changing new technologies and to establish closer working relations with employers for the practical aspects of such training.”

Mr Andersen said this process needed to begin with fostering and recognising higher trade standards of teaching.

“You cannot expect to improve trades standards without good teachers and a strong partnership with industry producers and suppliers,” he said.

Mr Andersen said Printing Industries had already launched a pilot training program with a group of member companies willing to try new training techniques. The Federal government-funded program would provide a series of case studies each targeted at overcoming a key skills gap or shortage within the industry.

This project is scheduled for completion by August 2007.

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