QUEENSLAND REFERENCE GROUP FOR MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING
The Queensland Reference Group (QRG) for Manufacturing and Engineering is an industry led ecosystem, managed by QMI solutions. Consisting of representatives from 16 industries, this group helps to facilitate partnerships and engagement between industry, government and educational institutions. It also provides a structured mechanism for stakeholders and government to engage on workforce development and skilling issues within the Queensland advancing manufacturing and engineering industries.
To achieve this the QRG:
provides specialist industry and government knowledge to support proactive planning solutions that contribute to workforce and skills development and sustainability across the manufacturing sector
meets periodically to consider and endorse project activity, contribute industry knowledge and review outcomes as needed
identifies and considers the impact of market trends on manufacturing industries and develop solutions which address the broader employment and skills issues in advanced manufacturing
develops a whole of industry position for skills development and workforce planning, while recognising sectoral differences.
The QRG reviews and provides feedback on key issues such as:
qualification maps within relevant training packages, including articulation pathways
career guides and similar products (i.e. teacher resources)
industry surveys and partnership agreements
program proposals for skills development.
It also steers and guides the Gateway to Industry Schools program for Advanced Manufacturing funded through the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).
The QRG is an industry led ecosystem which has representatives from manufacturing sectors and key stakeholders, each bringing unique skills and experience. Individual members are leaders from the following businesses and organisations:
Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union
Australian Computer Society
Australian Fashion Council
Australian Industry & Defence Network
Boating Industry Association
Catholic, Independent and Education Queensland
Department of Education
Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
Food Industries Assoc of Queensland
Full Circle Fibres
Heavy Vehicle Industry Association
Innovation and Business Skills Australia
Life Sciences Queensland
QMI Solutions (Chair and host)
Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority
Universities - University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University and University of Southern Queensland (rotational seat)
GATEWAY TO INDUSTRY SCHOOLS PROGRAM (GISP)- ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
QMI Solutions is proud to host the Queensland Governments’ Gateway to Industry Schools Project (GISP) since 2009.
In 2020, the GISP transitioned to focus on the technologies being adopted by the advancing manufacturing sector being the common element amongst the 16 industries in manufacturing. The GISP for Advanced Manufacturing is a component of a state wide industry engagement and workforce development strategy to support the long-term development of a highly skilled workforce in Queensland. The Queensland government is committed to growing manufacturing in this state as a critical driver of innovation and productivity in the economy. QMI assists to deliver this vision.
The program provides industry insights, evidence and opportunities for industry and the education sector to work together to deliver outcomes for school teachers, students, local communities and business.
Queensland Reference Group (QRG) – Manufacturing & Engineering
The GISP for Advanced Manufacturing is steered by the Queensland Reference Group (QRG) https://www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/industry/priority-industries/advanced-manufacturing/queensland-reference-group.html. This ecosystem includes key partners such as government and non-government school sectors, industry sectors including representation from Industry 4.0, Advanced Manufacturing, Heavy Vehicles, Defence, Aerospace, Textile, Food Processing, Mining, Biomedical, Recreational Vehicle, Rail, Furnishings, Manufacturing and Engineering. This group of industry professionals meet quarterly and are dedicated to supporting Queensland teachers and students by collaborating and innovating.
Attracting more young people into the advancing manufacturing and engineering sectors has been an issue in recent years. Through QMI solutions, the GISP project helps to:
raise the profile and diversity of careers in advanced manufacturing sector
provide professional development and currency opportunities (in industry) for Queensland school teachers contextualisation of advanced manufacturing practices and applications incorporating robotics, STEAM and coding
develop and implement a range of manufacturing and engineering related activities across industrial technology and design, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and other key learning curriculum areas.
create opportunities for work experience, structured work placements, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, full-time apprenticeships, and pathways to university in preparation for trade, para-professional and professional careers
celebrate and share student, teacher, school and industry experiences to ensure young people have the knowledge and experience to make informed decisions about their future
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WHY GET INVOLVED?
School teachers usually have a degree in Education and are passionate educators, however, have not usually worked in an industry setting. Contextualisation of their teachings therefore, is only possible through connection with industry. Collaborating with industry partners provides this i.e. Gateway Days in industry, resources and opportunities. Teaching staff also require industry partners with a minimum 3 years experience to validate their teaching plans. Can you spare 2 hrs/year to assist to give back?
WHY GET INVOLVED?
QMI Solutions are leaders for the manufacturing and engineering industry in Queensland. Hosting the Queensland Reference Group for manufacturing and engineering, the Industry Capability Network (see: http://www.icn.org.au/) and the Australian Institute for Commercialisation (http://www.ausicom.com/) allows the GISP to access industry insights and evidence, industry partners, resources and opportunities to provide currency, professional development, teacher and student opportunities. The following schools are Gateway to industry Schools for Advanced Manufacturing:
Aldridge State High School
Ambrose Treacy College
Dalby State High School – Agricultural Manufacturing & engineering
Dalby South State School
Genesis Christian College
Glenala State High School – Vehicle Manufacturing & Engineering
Hillcrest Christian College
Ignatius Park College
Kedron State High School
Kelvin Grove State College
Mabel Park SHS
Marsden SHS – Sustainability/Lean
Maryborough SHS – Advanced Manufacturing
Mt Maria College
Noosa District SHS
Park Ridge SHS – Electronics
Ripley Valley State Secondary
Riverside Christian College
St Brendans College
St Edmunds College
St James College
St Josephs College
St Laurence's College
St Mary's College
St Peters Lutheran College
Trinity Bay SHS
West Moreton Anglican College – Aerospace & Defence Manufacturing & Engineering
Mackay Christian College
Please download the Industry Partnership Form here how you would like to connect and return to the program manager. Please return to firstname.lastname@example.org and the Program Manager will be in touch how you can foster this talent pipeline or simply give back by sharing your experience and knowledge.
The GISP Advanced Manufacturing and engineering is assisting schools, teachers and students collaborate with industry. Providing industry insights, evidence and connections the Gateway Schools are collaborative active partners who are committed to assisting and participating in STEAM and/or VET activity contextualised to advanced manufacturing. It’s free to join the GISP and following principal sign off of the MOU, a two year plan of success is activated. To become a GISP school for Advanced Manufacturing, make an appointment with the program manager to discuss your inclusion. 2021/2022 will be open from October 6 (beginning Term 4) and closes April 1 (end Term 1).
Our thanks to the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP) for the development of the following resources to assist students, parents and teachers.
To enrol for this program, please download the MOU, complete and return to the Program Manager, as per details below.
For more information, please contact the Program Manager:
Gateway to Industry Project Manager – Manufacturing & Engineering Queensland
Level 3 Clunies Ross Court PO Box 4037 Eight Mile Plains Qld 4113
T +61 7 3364 0700 M +61419709160
The Gateway to industry Schools Program (GISP) is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government