The DMTC is working on its Industry Capability Development program, good news for Mig welders, and factory workers across Australia, and it’s recently secured more funding from the Queensland government, which will allow them to run more workshops in regional Queensland as part of the endeavours.
Additionally, the DMTC will continue its close partnership with the Defence Industries Queensland in order to help manufacturers across the state to maximise opportunities to enter the supply chains of the defence industry.
The DMTC Industry Capability Development program’s main goal is to create a network of ‘defence-ready’ companies across Australia that are both benchmarked, and are capable of competing on the global market. DMTC says that the program was a very natural fit for them, seeing as they have a strong focus on engaging small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in its R&D efforts.
The multi-phase DMTC program involves benchmarking and tech transfer, on top of providing mentoring as well as evidence-based feedback on what SMEs need to do to develop and grow as a company.
DMTC CEO Dr. Mark Hodge, says that there are a lot of benefits to the program, with the biggest benefit being helping SMEs across Australia to be ‘Defence-ready’.Dr. Hodge says that the Australian SMEs can use the program to show off what they can do, and how they can get into key roles within the supply chains of some of the country’s defence primes.
Dr. Hodge reports that the DMTC’s industry partners in the earlier programs have already reported improvements, which include, among other things, improved Mig welders, greater grasp of the lastest welding techniques and processes, accreditations, global performance benchmarks, as well as helping companies position themselves for future growth.
Built upon previous improvements from Australia’s improvements, the program seeks to improve Australia’s industry capabilities in welding, in particular, the processes involved in welding for maritime and land applications.
Following the program’s successful pilot back in 2017, back in Mackay region, the new workshops in Queensland will target companies in Cairns, Brisbane, Townsville and Rockhampton.
Hackett says that it’s always been troublesome to benchmark businesses from one sector to another, but by demonstrating that the AU’s companies can meet Defence requirements, the companies can be positioned for both present employment and future growth.