GE Additive joins Australian training programme to promote metal Additive Manufacturing

February 4, 2022

Australia’s Western Sydney University has partnered with GE Additive in order to promote metal Additive Manufacturing within the New South Wales Government’s ‘New Education and Training Model’ (NETM). Workers in Western Sydney will learn to produce the next generation of space technology and advanced componentry as part of the first industry led short courses rolled out under the AUS $37 million NETM project.

Fifteen education providers have been appointed to deliver short courses in an effort to create highly skilled jobs in the Western Parkland City area of Greater Sydney. When fully operational, the NETM will deliver more than 7,000 training places over four years.

“The Parkland City will soon be home to a range of cutting-edge industries such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace, defence and pharmaceutical manufacturing,” stated Stuart Ayres, Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade and Minister for Western Sydney. “We want to ensure our local workforce has access to the right education and training to be able to take up those opportunities.”

GE Australia Country Leader Sam Maresh said GE Additive was delighted to be part of this innovative approach to providing practical education and training. “This course will be designed to align with employer needs to equip participants with sought-after skills and expertise in a rapidly expanding sector and unlock the potential provided by Additive Manufacturing,” added Maresh.

Jennifer Westacott, Chair of the Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA), concluded, “The NETM programme has a dual objective – to both boost the skills of residents in Western Sydney, and to help attract the right businesses and investment to the region. This first course will do just that, by providing accessible, high-quality, hands-on training, which is critical to the future of the Western Parkland City.”

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