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Opportunities in the manufacturing industry and Industry 4.0

It’s no secret that the Manufacturing Industry in Australia at present is undergoing significant change. The sector, whilst in a period of decline, is still however a core part of Australia’s economy and represents the 6th largest sector in Australia in terms of total jobs, accounting for 8% of employment and therefore remains one of Australia’s most important industries.[1] [2]

This wave of several technological advances in the manufacturing industry such as additive manufacturing, cyber-physical systems, cloud computing and cognitive computing is called Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 is mostly characterised by improvements in efficiency and flexibility and the acquisition of previously unattainable capabilities.[3]

The demand for more expensive and bespoke products suggests that the manufacturing industry is not declining but evolving, opening the opportunity for existing workers to expand their knowledge of the latest technologies and fill the science and technology gaps by upskilling.[4]

Organisations at the forefront of this change, that are wanting to remain competitive in the industry, have commenced upskilling their workforce. For example Watkins Steel, one of our clients, is embracing the technological changes in manufacturing and is an industry leader in the steel fabrication industry. They have implemented augmented reality (AR) as part of their customer communications. For instance, Watkins Steel can design and draft entire buildings through their augmented reality and see the buildings in full size or scaled down sizes so that the customer can see their new buildings in real time. This feature also allows the company to plan their installations with greater accuracy and efficiency and it might also help them to provide a better service to their customers and to satisfy them to a greater degree.

One of Watkins Steel’s projects is being used in the upcoming Commonwealth Games and will be located within the Athletes Village. The Commonwealth Games Architectural Arbour Model is being designed with the help of AR and they have also been selected the winner in the Tekla BIM Awards (Australia & New Zealand) in the Sports and Recreation Category for their Tekla model of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village Architectural Arbour and Disc Structure.

Outsource Institute is currently training Watkins Steel’s employees in the Cert III in Engineering – Technical CAD/CAM who are directly involved with the drafting of the steel structures and converting the CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) files into CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) files for the workshop machinery. They are also required to build the augmented reality files so the structures can be viewed through the AR glasses/googles.

The success of all manufacturing in the world will eventually rely on automation and AR skills. Despite the declining traditional manufacturing industry in Australia, there are many opportunities for companies to fill the technology gaps by upskilling and cross-skilling workers for the more advanced manufacturing wave. The pressures that manufacturing is experiencing are not unique to Australia. Skills for the modern tradesperson are paramount to the success of a country’s manufacturing capability and their overall economic success and therefore, this new wave involves upskilling. Get yourself prepared for Industry 4.0, the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. Industry 4.0 shows how fast technology advances and keeping up with these changes is crucial to everyone’s career progression.[5]

If you are interested in upskilling and you would also like to embrace the benefits of the advancing manufacturing industry – Industry 4.0, take advantage of upskilling. Outsource Institute’s courses can help you to capitalise on those changes with our Hydraulics, Instrumentation,

Manufacturers using Augmented Reality (AR) on the factory floor.

Advanced Welding Technology and Pneumatics courses. There are other crucial skills that are important in the advancing manufacturing industry to bring your engineering career to the next level such as leadership skills and strong communication skills which give you the capability to communicate your engineering knowledge to an uninitiated audience. Diversifying your skills will make you stand out in a competitive employment market and increase efficiency, customer satisfaction and effectiveness.[6] According to the ‘Manufacturing: a moment of opportunity’ report 2017, ‘there is more economic space than at any time in recent years to expand investment, production, and employment in value-added manufacturing.’[7]

Industry 4.0 creates what has been called the “Smart Factory” and “Smart Factories” will need a “Smart Workforce”.



[1] The Conversation Media Group, 2016 – https://theconversation.com/the-australian-manufacturing-industry-is-not-dying-its-evolving-csiro-study-69398

[2] The Guardian News and Media, 2017 – https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jun/21/australias-manufacturing-industry-on-rebound-report-says

[3] McCormick, 2017 – https://www.autodesk.com/industry/manufacturing/resources/engineering-leadership/industry4-0-efficiency-gains-cant-ignore

[4] Australian Welding Institute, Volume 36, 2017

[5] Beirne, 2017 – https://slcontrols.com/house-training-upskilling-important/

[6] Beirne, 2017 – https://slcontrols.com/house-training-upskilling-important/

[7] Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute – Manufacturing: a moment of opportunity 2017 – https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/theausinstitute/pages/1503/attachments/original/1497850614/Manufacturing_A_Moment_of_Opportunity_Final_w_cover.pdf?1497850614

Information for existing Careers Australia clients

Disclaimer: Outsource Institute of Technology wish to reassure our clients that we are in no way affiliated with Careers Australia. Outsource Institute are merely utilising our channels to communicate information with anyone who may have been affected by recent appointment of Administrators at Careers Australia.  With significant numbers of students impacted by these circumstances, Outsource Institute wish to ensure anyone seeking avenues to obtain further guidance with respects to their education has access to key contact details.


On Thursday the 25th of May the Board of Careers Australia appointed Administrators. Outsource Institute wish to encourage existing Careers Australia clients that have concerns about how to proceed, to please utilise the following contacts:

  1. Students with concerns about completing their training and wanting to discuss options can contact Training Queensland on 1300 369 935 or email training@det.qld.gov.au
  2. Students with concerns about access to records or Statements of Attainment can contact the Administrator via (07) 3099 0203 or via email CAGstudents@ppbadvisory.com
  3. Students who are studying via VET FEE-HELP or VET students loan can also contact the Australian Government’s Student Enquiry Line on 1800 020 108
  4. Students or employers can lodge complaints with the Queensland Training Ombudsman on 1800 773 048 or info@trainingombudsman.qld.gov.au , which has been established to assist with VET matters in Queensland.


There are some important things to keep in mind:

  • Careers Australia is still operational until such time as the administrators have made decisions about its future
  • Existing Careers Australia clients are to continue with their study until such time as further advice is provided
  • Existing Careers Australia clients are encouraged to please not enrol in other courses with other providers until Careers Australia have contacted you further
  • While this may be worrying, the government has protections in place to help students move to another provider if needed.

Is an apprenticeship your first step towards a management position?

Management positions in the trades are on the rise. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that there were 93,000 Construction Managers in Australia in 2016, an increase of 11,400 Managers since 2011. Of these Managers, 23.6% had a Bachelor degree while 17.4% had completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma on top of their apprenticeship. So what does this mean for Apprentices?


Many people regard an apprenticeship or traineeship as a way to upskill, re-enter the workforce, start a new career path or enter a specific industry. However, an apprenticeship can lead to so much more than that, including business ownership or a management position.


What are trade apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine training with working in a real job, for a real wage. They are formal training arrangements between an employer and an employee that can lead to a nationally recognised qualification. While an apprenticeship teaches you the skills and knowledge required of your chosen trade, it can equip you with so much more than that and lay the foundation for your success in later life.

How can an apprenticeship lead to a management position?

Entrepreneurs looking to make the leap into owning their own trade business should consider undertaking an apprenticeship first. Apprenticeships provide the opportunity to further your knowledge in a field you are passionate about and equip you with the skills and knowledge required for a management position in that area.


What does Outsource Institute offer?

An apprenticeship is just the beginning. If you’re thinking of undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, Outsource Institute of Technology offers a vast selection of programs across numerous industries, from short one-day courses to through to Advanced Diplomas. With various funding options available (please note: conditions apply).


Payment Plans

Our Payment Plans allow you to enrol in one of our nationally accredited and non-accredited courses. There is a simple application and best of all there are interest-free Payment Plans available for either six or twelve months, with the tuition fees spread across instalments as opposed to a lump sum payment.

To find out more, view our Payment Plans or contact one of our friendly training and development specialists today on 1300 136 904.

Turning a potential problem into a good solution

MRS Services Group Personnel

Pictured on the left in descending order: Alastair Savill, Ryan Williams (left) and Martin Whipp (right), Jacob Sweetman, Troy Leedham, Taane Carroll-Shuttleworth and Alan Groves holding their statements of achievement for the competencies required for onsite access.



Concerned about what you would do if you went to work one day to find that you or your staff were unable to enter a site due to new compliance standards requiring a higher level skillset? Learn how to turn this potential problem into a good solution.


Due to new competency compliance standards introduced in 2015 by local coal operators, Outsource Institute of Technology was approached by MRS Services Group to provide a customised skillset, training and qualification for their tradespeople working in both the Mechanical and Fitting base trades. These new specifications had highlighted to MRS that there was a gap between current skills and those required to meet the new standards to allow their tradespeople to continue working at specific sites within New South Wales.


In October 2015, using Outsource Institute’s flexible work-based training delivery method, Outsource Institute and MRS partnered to deliver MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering to MRS tradespeople. All course participants have now finished the modules required for onsite access. Since this initial partnership, Outsource Institute now has an ongoing relationship with MRS to provide customised training to their tradespeople.


With the constant technological advancements in today’s ever-changing society, a base trade may no longer be enough to take a technical worker through the duration of their career. This is why Outsource Institute partners with individuals and organisations like MRS, to offer training opportunities that assist tradespeople in gaining recognition for their current skills and enable them to upskill to a higher qualification if necessary.


It is becoming increasingly evident that organisations within the Mining, Engineering, Civil and Construction industries can benefit by aligning themselves with a trusted and knowledgeable registered training organisation (RTO).


For more information on Outsource Institute of Technology and the training offered, contact a staff member today on 1300 136 904.

Can you afford not being on top of workplace health and safety?

Highly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable employees are the backbone of Caution wet floor signany successful business and any business owner would agree that their employees are their most valuable asset. Their health and well-being should consequently be a major priority. Although safety training is a cost to your business, inadequate training can cost workers their lives.  According to the latest figures published by Safe Work Australia, 178 workers lost their lives in 2016. In 2017, 45 Australian workers have already been killed in the workplace. Workplace health and safety training is important for so many reasons, not only for the prevention of injury or death but for many other lesser known benefits too, and is something that should not be overlooked.


Benefits of workplace health and safety training

  1. Minimise financial losses
    Educating employees and managers on the basics of workplace health and safety can help to reduce accidents and injuries. This in turn reduces the risk of costly legal battles and large payouts, thus minimising the likelihood of companies suffering from potentially heavy financial losses.
  2. Creates a happier workforce
    A safe working environment generally leads to a happier workforce. Because of this, employees are more likely to stick around. By retaining good employees, companies therefore do not have to spend money on recruiting new staff or training up existing ones.
  3. Improved productivity
    Mitigating risks through education and training can also help to improve workplace productivity. Studies have shown that when employees are in a safe working environment, they focus better on individual tasks which come together to improve overall productivity. Better productivity ultimately means a better run business and generally, that equates to greater profits.


Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day falls on this Friday 28 April 2017. Join Outsource Institute of Technology in honouring those who have died at work and think about how you or your place of work can prevent future work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses. Do your part in helping to prevent further injuries and death by raising awareness and taking the lead in work health and safety. For more information on the day or how to get involved, click here.



What does Outsource Institute offer?

Outsource Institute of Technology provides a variety of Workplace Health and Safety courses:

  1. BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
  2. BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety
  3. BSB60615 Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety

To find out more on Outsource Institute of Technology or the courses offered, call 1300 136 904 today.

Exceptionally positive mining boom outlook generating immense demand for workforce expansion

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane. Photo: Jodie Richter

The mining boom in Queensland opens up an immense opportunity to Queensland workers. According to the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), 44% of mining companies believe that expanding their workforce is essential to combat skills shortages. This extrapolates opportunities for up-skilling and for staff from other industries with the necessary know-how.

Due to the forecasted mining boom in Queensland, industry executives believe that employers’ demand for skilled workers will increase tremendously and there is an “extraordinarily positive outlook for an industry that has faced years of low prices, job losses and cost cutting”, QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.

What are the benefits of this?

Since skill shortages are expected to constrain growth, employees with the right skills set are needed urgently and are lured with monetary incentives. Hence, the major industry challenge is to find skilled workers within a short period of time.

This could be extremely beneficial in particular for workers who already hold a certain qualification and are industry experienced. Some jobs might only need an extra qualification that does not involve long training. Hence, a short course might be ideal for the current demands of this industry in order to grow the pool of skills within a minimum period of time.

For example, if you have an existing qualification as a Boilermaker or Welder and you would like to obtain a Certificate IV in Advanced Welding, you would not need to complete 100% of the units but on average around 30-40% of the units due to the recognition of existing trade skills and knowledge. It is important to keep in mind that this percentage differs among our clients due to individual circumstances and qualifications but we are happy to find out which pathway suits you best and how many units you would be required to complete to advance to a different qualification.


Australian miner.


What does this mean for employers and employees?

Up-skilling provides an opportunity to keep up with the speed of the growing industry due to the support of staff with the right skills set. The courses at Outsource Institute of Technology are delivered by industry-qualified trainers and can be tailored to the specific needs of our clients. This means that courses can be taught at locations that are of highest convenience for our clients. Making yourself stand out can increase your chances in the job market in this booming industry and could help to secure a job.

Poaching staff from other industries is not a long-term solution that can combat the industry’s skills shortage. Thus, there is the possibility to combat this shortage through up-skilling.


If you would like to find out more information on Outsource Institute of Technology or the courses we offer, please contact one of our friendly Training and Development Specialists today on 1300 136 904 or view our course directory here.

How to refresh your skills post trade

In this day and age it has become challenging for some engineering workers to find a new job in the same industry. In some instances this may be due to the changing expectations of what is expected of workers and the currency of their qualifications. Due to the demands of day to day living many workers may have not had the opportunity to formalise the skills they have gained post trade and through work experience.

refresh skills

Outsource Institute specialises in engineering training solutions and can assist you in having your skills and experience recognised and formally accredited. This can also give you the opportunity to acquire new skills and to make yourself more competitive.

Even though many tradespeople have been in the industry for years and have formal qualifications, there may be some challenges in finding employment. This is particularly evident when employers opt to use employment agencies to vet job applications. More often than not these agencies are looking for a specific criteria set by the employer and due to a lack of understanding when it comes to the various occupational titles of traditional tradespeople, industry qualified tradespeople miss out on getting that all-important interview.

These challenges are not based on a lack of experience, knowledge or qualification but are based on the stream of qualification of the trades-person. Over time some traditional job titles have slightly amalgamated and the terminology has been lost in modern apprenticeships.

For example:

Fitter and Turners are missing out job opportunities as employers have indicated in the selection criteria for jobs they are looking for Diesel Mechanics or Diesel Fitters.

Additionally, some mine sites have had to change their requirements for tradespeople who can gain access to their sites due to various reasons including changes to mining standards. The new standards mean more advanced engineering skills and tradespeople will be required to formally up-skill into a higher level qualification.

Outsource Institute are able to offer various training opportunities that can assist existing engineering tradespeople who would like to gain recognition for their current skills and/or up-skill into higher qualifications. There are various funded and unfunded options available.

For more information on refreshing your skills, these links are important for you:

If you would like to discuss you post trade skill refresher options, please contact one of our friendly Training and Development Specialists today on 1300 136 904.

Qualifications leading to a career in the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) industry. 2

refrigeration and air conditioning training with the mobile unitHave you considered a career in the climate control industry? This qualification is the cornerstone of the climate control industry. It provides competencies to select components, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain refrigeration systems and equipment that apply to food storage and preservation, air conditioning and air distribution equipment in buildings and premises. It also includes regulatory requirements for purchasing and handling refrigerants and leads to the national ARCTick licence required by law for people working on refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) systems in Australia.

The RAC industry has many facets and is central to maintaining the living standards of the modern world. Surgery cannot be performed without RAC technicians and equipment, nor can food be kept fresh. Peoples’ welfare and comfort is directly affected by refrigeration and air conditioning,” said Kevin O’Shea, Chairperson of the ARC.

The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) has released a new video which highlights the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) industry, promoting it as a career of first choice.

Support for Unemployed Apprentices

outofworktradieAre you an out of work Apprentice? Have you recently been dismissed, laid off or made redundant?

Many Apprentices lose their jobs as a result of economic downturns and need to find an employer to complete their training. This can happen to any anyone and while it can be discouraging, there are many associations available to an Apprentice that can help support them throughout this process.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships combine training with employment in the real world. Apprentices and Trainees complete a nationally recognised qualification under the guidance of a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) while learning valuable skills at their workplace under the guidance of their workplace mentor.

As a fully Australian-owned RTO, Outsource Institute of Technology provides advanced facilitation of nationally accredited qualifications in Engineering and Business. While completion of one of our courses cannot guarantee employment, the programs we offer provide our students with the qualifications required for entry into Apprenticeships. Here at Outsource Institute, we value education and want to see everyone complete their qualifications. We believe education changes lives and it is for this reason that we support the initiative to re-home stranded Apprentices and Trainees.

Out-of-trade Apprentices whose training contracts have been cancelled should immediately register with the Department of Education and Training. Apprentices are also able to register with Tradeapprentices.com.au. This website is a free service funded by the Department of Education and Training to assist out-of-trade Apprentices and Trainees whose training contracts have been cancelled to reconnect them with employers and re-enter their chosen trade. Cancelled Apprentices and Trainees may also choose to enter a different trade area of interest with a new employer. On the other hand, for those Apprentices and Trainees who were receiving funded training (under the User Choice program) but whose training contracts have now been cancelled, they may be entitled to further funding from the Australian Government. This would enable the person to continue their training while they search for new employment. For more information on this funding, you can contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider on 13 38 73.

To be eligible for assistance Apprentices and Trainees must meet the following criteria:

  • Their training has been cancelled or employment ceased.
  • The person must be from a targeted skill shortage area.

If you are interested in registering with this service, Apprentices and Trainees can complete the registration form by clicking here.

While this service assists Apprentices to return to the workforce and complete their qualification, out of work Apprentices and Trainees should also consider other avenues for assistance such as:

For more information about Outsource Institute of Technology, please contact us on 1300 136 904.

Five common safety mistakes businesses make and easy ways to solve them

safety mistakesThe most exciting topic in human history… “Safety!” Don’t delete or pretend you need to go to the toilet just yet… As a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), under Section 19 of the WHS act, we have a primary duty of care as far as reasonably practicable, to provide a safe work environment. So unless you would enjoy a one on one with the middle aged guy wielding a little wooden hammer and wearing the curly wig who’s having a midlife crisis and hasn’t had his morning coffee, then you may wish to continue reading…

Here are five common mistakes that businesses make when it comes to Work Health and Safety;

  1. workplace safetySMS – Safety Management System
  2. Not conducting “Risk Assessments” regularly
  3. Not servicing first aid cabinet / box
  4. Training
  5. Incorrect or lack of signage

Here are five ways that can help mitigate the risk;

1. SMS – Safety Management System

Create a “Safety Management System” which is basically a systematic approach to managing safety, including the necessary organisational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures. Service providers are responsible for establishing an SMS, which is relevant to their state.

2. Not conducting “Risk Assessments” regularly

A Risk assessment is a systematic process of evaluating the potential risks that may be involved in a projected activity or undertaking. If you google “Risk assessments” you will find heaps of examples. They are fairly basic in nature and are designed to identify likelihood and consequence. They come in many shapes and sizes, so find one that fits your business and introduce a procedure that includes a daily risk assessment.

3. Not servicing first aid cabinet / box

First Aid cabinet / box is an easy one. You can outsource the servicing of this to an external provider or create a checklist and designate a First Aid Officer to monitor and resupply.

4. Training

Take the opportunity to train your staff correctly and it could save you big time. Not just in efficient practices & productivity, but LTI’s (lost time injuries). A little bit each day like at a pre start or by rostering one day a month for a slightly longer session can make all the difference.

5. Incorrect or lack of signage

Next time you’re about to start work take a look around and check the quality and extent of your signage and rectify any gaps. If you have a larger organisation or you don’t know where to start, perhaps you could contact the regulator (WHS Queensland) and ask if you meet the “Standard” or use a contractor to deck out your business.


When it comes to the crunch in the “Civil Court”, the PCBU’s that have actively made their workplace as safe as possible by following the Acts, Regulations, Codes and Standards and mitigating against potential risks will have more pebbles in their side of the scales when facing old mate in the curly wig.

Education is the key, and safety is everyone’s responsibility to find out more about Work Health and Safety Training click here.