ASI is exploring improved training pathways for steel trades students, in a partnership with the South Australian Department of Education. In the first move under a three-part ASI strategy, ASI SA's fabricators committee steel skills working group met with the department last month to provide input and advice on the curriculum for a proposed new technical college at Findon devoted exclusively to engineering and manufacturing.
Chair of the working group, ASI SA state manager Michael Dawson, said the working group aims to build interest in steel trades as a career by stengthening ASI's ties with technical colleges (Findon is one of five new colleges being built in SA); promoting steel trades to young people through influencers; and building new tools to help fabricators engage students and interest them in a steel trades future. The fabricators meeting, held at the premises of ASI member Lai Group and addressed by Department of Education representatives Andrew Copus and Michael Haddad, included a tour of operations of Lai Switchboards, Adelaide, and a presentation by InQuik Bridging Systems technical director Mike Wright.
The new technical college at Findon opens in January 2024. If you have any enquiries, please email Michael Dawson on firstname.lastname@example.org.