2019 National Manufacturing Summit | Australian Synchrotron, Melbourne

Summit Theme : Skills for the Future

The manufacturing sector is experiencing a period of sustained growth, and industry participants continue to cite workforce capability as an ongoing challenge. Finding and retaining skilled workers is front of mind, as is maintaining currency of skills and knowledge. At the same time, a decade of state and federal government policies has diminished the role of the vocational education and training (VET) sector and, in particular, TAFE. A targeted strategy for workforce development is crucial and will require the manufacturing industry and the VET sector to work together to ensure its success.

The Summit

The Summit will explore the theme ‘Skills for the Future’. Delegates will hear from leading experts from the manufacturing, training…

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Skills for the Future

Australia requires a significant increase in skilled, qualified trades workers in order to meet future demand on major projects in…

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Program Highlights

The National Manufacturing Summit will feature an impressive lineup of speakers and panellists including leading industry figures, researchers and thought leaders.

The Hon. Gayle Tierney

Minister for Training and Skills, Victorian Government

Former State Secretary (1993-2006) and Federal President (2000-2006) of the AMWU. Following the 2018 Victorian State Election, Gayle was appointed as Minister for Training and Skills, and Minister for Higher Education.

The Hon. Brendan O’Connor MP

Shadow Minister for Employment and Industry, Science, and Small and Family Business

A belief in education being the cornerstone of national growth and individual development led Mr O’Connor to commence his career in a union. He was elected to parliament in 2001 and has since headed several portfolios

Nick Howie

Training Solutions Manager, Naval Shipbuilding College

Nick works with training and education networks across Australia to help ensure programs address the specific workforce skilling needs of Naval Shipbuilding. Nick has contributed to numerous State and Commonwealth policy reviews.

Professor Michelle Gee

Director, Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre & Prof. Aerospace Engineering & Aviation RMIT

Professor Michelle Gee is Director of the Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre and Professor of Aerospace Engineering and at RMIT University, leading multidisciplinary research, education and workforce training for Aerospace and Defence.

Don't take our word for it...

  • A great line up of speakers. I go to many VET, industry and education focused conferences, and I rate this one as the best I have been to.

    2018 Delegate Testimonial
  • Many of the presentations were, in my opinion, world class. I am so pleased that I attended and look forward to next year’s event.

    2018 Delegate Testimonial
  • Excellent presentations and panels, the quality of the speakers was very high.

    2018 Delegate Testimonial