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Trade skills pathway manufacturing/engineering - Pilot Program

02 Sep 2014

The Trade Skills Pathway Manufacturing/Engineering - Pilot Program is designed for existing workers in the manufacturing/engineering industry, and provides an opportunity for experienced trades people to gain recognised qualifications appropriate to their work.

The program is funded by the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE). It is free to eligible participants, who are over 21 years old and have relevant experience in the industry, but who have not previously completed an apprenticeship.

This program will support manufacturing workers with some previous skills to gain qualifications.

Participants will have their existing skills recognised and any required gap training will be negotiated with the participant and the employer. Participants may have existing skills in fitting and machining, metal fabrication, or sheet metal skills or broader engineering trade skills.

If you are over 21 years of age, TAFE Queensland SkillsTech will work with successful applicants to:

  • Develop a vocational training plan

  • Issue a training record which participants use to record on-the-job experiences and achievement of competencies (verified by their employer).

Those who complete the program will emerge with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification from TAFE Queensland SkillsTech

  • A certificate of achievement from the Department of Education, Training and Employment.

Benefits to students:

  • Flexible work and training options

  • Formal recognition of existing skills

  • Provision for student mobility across the state and continued training.

Benefits to employers:

  • No impact on employee work schedules

  • Increases knowledge, quality of service and productivity of employee

  • Potential employee retention due to provision of training opportunity.

To apply for the RTSP Manufacturing/Engineering Pilot program or to find out more information, please call 1800 654 447 or email

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