The State Government has officially opened the $10 million Cairns Manufacturing Hub and released a new plan to help skill up Queensland’s future workforce.
Manufacturing Minister Cameron Dick said the new facility at TAFE Queensland’s Cairns Campus was one of three hubs being established in regional Queensland through a $30 million, three-year Queensland Government investment.
“The opening of the Cairns Manufacturing Hub continues our delivery of facilities and services that will strengthen and grow regional manufacturing, skills and jobs,” Mr Dick said.
Mr Dick said the Cairns manufacturing sector contributed $787 million to the Queensland economy in 2017-18 and employed 6300 people locally (as at September quarter 2019).
“The Cairns Manufacturing Hub will initially focus on growing the marine, aviation and food production sectors, and it’s already delivering results,” he said.
Key achievements include:
- Developments towards an advanced fibre composites maintenance and repair facility with access to 3D printing technologies for aviation, defence and superyachts
- The delivery of advanced welding (ISO9606) training which will support the marine sector, particularly for future defence and commercial sustainment work
- Funding of $650,000 over three years to support the FNQ Food Incubator, a group of local food experts collaborating to support early-stage food processors in FNQ to commercialise and scale-up their products
Mr Dick and Training and Skills Development Minister Shannon Fentiman also launched the Skills Implementation Plan for Advanced Manufacturing,
“We have consulted with employers, workers, unions and the education and training sector to create a plan to develop the manufacturers, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow,” Mr Dick said.
Ms Fentiman said TAFE Cairns will be the hub of training and development in the far north region, with construction to start early next year on the $15 million works to upgrade facilities.
“This significant investment, along with the new manufacturing hub and Skills Implementation Plan, is all part of our long-term plan to ensure we have the skilled workforce for the jobs now and into the future,” Ms Fentiman said.
“We want all Queenslanders to have access to world-class training facilities.”