A new Diploma of Applied Technologies will train workers in skills needed for advanced manufacturing.

The new course is a central component of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

A pilot course conducted by SkillsLab has commenced in the Hunter Region with a second intake scheduled to begin in September.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said our manufacturing industry in NSW is undergoing a transformation known as the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0 and this course qualifies graduates in necessary disciplines like networking, big data, cloud computing and digital control systems.

“Embracing advanced technologies will be vital to ongoing profitability and competitive advantage but companies need a comprehensive strategy to manage equipment, processes, supply chain, sales and – most importantly – their workforce.” Mr Ayres said.

Head of Ai Group in NSW Mark Goodsell said “Industry needs people with practical skills who understand emerging technologies.

“These are people who can physically connect machines and equipment to each other via the cloud and devise meaningful ways to capture and use the ensuing data streams – key drivers of productivity and innovation across the economy.

“The Diploma is targeted at the para-professional and technician level, creating new pathways into professional qualifications. It can also be delivered in conjunction with an apprenticeship, providing both practical and high-level skills and breathing new life into the apprenticeship model.” Mr Goodsell said.

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