Higher Apprenticeship Program

Industry is changing

Industry is moving to a digital age as reliant on automation, cloud computing and the internet of things as it is on traditional manufacturing processes.

And as industry embraces these new technologies, businesses need the staff who can install them, configure them and interpret them.

Higher Apprenticeships

The Industry 4.0 Higher Apprenticeship program is designed to do just that. Over a flexible duration, the program will teach apprentices to use the latest digital technologies while they develop their workplace skills on-the-job.

While suitable for a range of industries, the Industry 4.0 Higher Apprenticeship is especially suitable for manufacturing and supporting industries such as logistics, transport and engineering. Other industries like construction and mining could also benefit from the program.

How it works

The Higher apprenticeship is made up of two parts, each of them including formal off-the-job training combined with practical, paid hands on skills application at work.

Part one runs for two to three years, and during this time the apprentice enrolls in a traditional Certificate III Engineering Mechanical apprenticeship. Part two of the program also runs for about two years, with studies in the Diploma in Applied Technologies.

Both qualification levels require attendance at the training provider, and will consist of attendance of approximately one day per week throughout the entire program.

Off The Job Training Component

Where this model can apply

Whilst the Higher Apprenticeship concept has been developed from the Manufacturing and Engineering occupations training packages, the Diploma and Associate Degree courses can be combined with training in UEE – Electrical training, ICT or ‘Digital’ training, as well as AUR – ‘Automotive’ training programs.

Sample units that will make up part of the Diploma in Applied Technologies

  • Work in Industry 4.0
  • Use SCADA system to monitor and control an industrial process
  • Implement and problem solve a PLC-based industrial control system
  • Troubleshoot digital control systems
  • Work safely with collaborative robots
  • Apply project life cycle management processes
  • Produce components using CAD and CAM technologies
  • Plan, implement and apply preventative maintenance procedures
  • Analyse and manage big data in cloud-based systems
  • Apply principles of networking technologies for manufacturing and engineering applications
  • Commission a cyber-physical system

Employment Arrangements

Apprentice employment conditions will apply to apprentices:

  • Full time position wages, Superannuation, Annual leave, Sick leave

Under the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award, participants are currently classified as Apprentices in the first 2-3 stages of the apprenticeship and move to Trainees in the Technical Field wages in the 3rd and 4th Stages of the program.

Why this Model?

The world of work is changing. The Australian economy is not only moving to a more knowledge-based economy but one that requires a higher and more pervasive level of digital skills as well. Accordingly, the Australian workforce needs to be more highly skilled than ever.

The traditional Certificate III trade qualification will continue to meet the needs of a broad range of occupations, but the emerging occupations are ones that require higher skills in areas such as creativity, problem solving, advanced reasoning, and complex judgement. To say nothing of new technologies. ABS data is showing that the Australian economy is reflecting continued growth in the demand for highly skilled workers and slower or no growth for lower-skilled workers.

Universities have always provided the opportunities for the development of high level skills, with their focus on bachelor degrees and higher, but not all of the emerging demand is for workers at this level. Much of the demand will be for workers who can combine vocational skills with higher level technical and enterprise skills. Think Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas and Associate Degrees. The apprenticeship model is well placed as the means to meet this demand.

The Higher Apprenticeships program aims to equip these future workers with the practical and knowledge-based capabilities to assist industry take the required steps to stay at the forefront of Engineering, manufacturing and technology and move forward into the Industry 4.0 economy.

Further Study and Career Pathways

Upon Completion of this program applicants will have attained skills, knowledge and capabilities required within the Manufacturing Industry and Industry 4.0 framework, incorporating concepts of technical engineering skills combined with information technology; innovation; design thinking; product life cycle management, including project management, teamwork and personal skills.

The Diploma course has been designed to articulate to the Associate Degree in Applied Technologies. The Associate Degree can be achieved with an additional 2 years of study which can be incorporated in to the Higher Apprenticeship program.

The types of roles they may be employed in include:

  • Maintenance and Service technicians
  • Robotic and / or Automation engineering technicians
  • Mechatronic / manufacturing technologist

 

Join the Community!

Ai Group Apprentice & Trainee Centre is looking to grow and further enhance the network it currently has with Engineering and Manufacturing businesses and apprentices.

Our vision is to develop the next wave of technicians through a collaborative approach. By hosting a Higher Apprentice you can join the community of innovators training and developing that next wave of technical specialists.

Next steps

Lay a strong foundation for the future success of your business by talking to us about Higher Apprenticeships today.

Email: Craig.Hilton@aigroup.com.au

Phone: 1300 761 944 or contact Craig Hilton on 0417 243 444

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