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Sandvik employees upskill for new industrial revolution

Sandvik employees upskill for new industrial revolution

Press release - 6 August 2020

Staff from across Australia sign up for new vocational training course aimed at boosting digital and networking skills.

Sandvik employees from across Australia have jumped at the chance to upskill by enrolling in a course aimed at preparing them for Industry 4.0.

More than 20 Sandvik staff in four states have signed up for the ground-breaking Diploma of Applied Technologies course being piloted by vocational training bodies across the country. The scheme aims to provide workers in manufacturing and engineering jobs with the skills needed for the so-called fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), in which smart technologies will transform industrial processes. Participants will receive training in areas including cyber-physical systems, digital control systems and digital networks.

Sandvik staff members recently attended a launch for the scheme in Queensland where TAFE Queensland will deliver the course as a ‘higher-level apprenticeship’, with participants receiving both hands-on learning and sophisticated formal training.

A natural choice for Sandvik

Sandvik Business Line Manager for Service, Nathan Cunningham, says with Sandvik a leading provider of both autonomous underground mining equipment and mining control systems, the company naturally wanted to be involved in the initiative.

“This course gives us a great means to upskill our current employees so that they can better support the new technologies that we've got coming into the industry,” he says. “Having people with the right skills and knowledge means we can get new technologies to work more effectively for customers.”

Bridging the skills gap

Four Queensland staff members have signed up for the course, including Technical Support Manager for Mine Automation Ty Osborne, Technical Support Specialist for Mine Automation Tommi Rautio and service technicians Glenn Coulthard and Yohanes Patintingan.

Ty says the rapid rate of technological change in today’s workplace means ongoing training is essential. “There is definitely a skills gap between what I learned when I first learnt my trade and what I do now,” he says. “Doing the Diploma of Applied Technologies will bridge that gap for me and help me move forward into the next generation of where we need to go.”

Ty says his work today centres on ensuring the smooth running of Sandvik underground autonomous vehicles, underground loaders, underground trucks and drills in Australian mines. “In five years, I would like to see these technologies grow to where we have a larger department to look after automation, a stronger workforce, and for myself to be leading that team.”

Sandvik’s Nathan Cunningham adds embracing new opportunities and skills is an excellent way of enhancing workplace safety. “One of the benefits with what's happening with technology is that we're able to do things more safely by removing people from harm’s way. But in order for this to work, the technology needs to work properly. And that’s where training like this has an important role.”

An exciting opportunity

Queensland Minister for Training and Skills Development, Shannon Fentiman, says the course will help develop skills needed for today’s in-demand jobs – and for those of tomorrow. “The new Higher-Level Apprenticeship qualification will continue to provide the hands-on learning of a traditional apprenticeship combined with the cutting-edge training needed for Industry 4.0.”

TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mary Campbell says being the state’s first training provider to deliver the Diploma of Applied Technologies made the pilot extremely exciting.

“The pilot will ensure Queensland workforces have access to the new and innovative training techniques needed to keep our state’s industries at the forefront of the new digital future,” she says. “The pilot will provide vital training pathways for Queensland businesses to re-skill and up-skill their current workforce and enable them to take advantage of the new technologies and opportunities that Industry 4.0 will provide.”

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