The Demise of Australian Manufacturing & The Impact of COVID-19

Geoff Crittenden | Chief Executive Officer, Weld Australia Australia has a long, proud history of manufacturing throughout the 20th century. With the federation of Australia in 1901, customs barriers were eliminated between the states, so they could more easily trade with another. This saw the first wave of manufacturing expansion, particularly in Victoria and New… Read more »

Technical Training Is Key to Australia’s Future Prosperity

In view of the ongoing commentary in the media regarding the state of Australia’s TAFE system, I feel that it is worthwhile to comment on my experience with our TAFE partners around the country. Before doing so, I would like to reiterate my long-held view that technical training is absolutely key to the future prosperity… Read more »

Weld Australia Officially Launched

Following the Extraordinary General Meeting of members held on 6 March 2018 in Sydney, it is my pleasure to advise you that the membership voted in favour of accepting the proposed change of the company’s name from the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA) to Weld Australia. I would like to thank our members for… Read more »

Get Ready for the Skills Crisis

At a recent roundtable forum hosted by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), leading company directors demanded that policymakers do more to address an emerging skills crisis in the Australian workforce, and urged business to play a far more active role in helping develop the workers of the future. According to AICD deputy chairman… Read more »

Australia’s Youth are Getting a Bad Deal—But So Is Australia’s Economy

In a recent opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, Ross Gittins asserted that, “The young are mostly right, they are getting a bad deal. When they look at the economy that older generations are leaving for them, young Australians have a lot to be angry about.” Gittins is absolutely correct when he says that… Read more »