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QP-ITC and PARTEC are collaborating with Casey Pfluger are collaborating in this project regarding plastics product design and other assistance.
They are finalist in Bionics Challenge 2021 (Bionics Queensland). The final product will be prototyped at PARTEC and go to a local moulder.
Cortex Brainwave Technologies is developing a high-quality ‘tuneable’ medical sensor that utilises both fNIRS and EEG and far exceeds the capability of any standalone EEG or NIR sensor on the market. The development of consumer, portable and user-friendly brain-computer-interfaces (BCI) is dependent on both sensors and the hardware. Monitoring of home-based patients using self-applied sensing systems is one of the most challenging applications of wearable sensing and is plagued with motion artefacts, interoperability issues, interference (EEG) & data quality.
When combined with wearables for IoT systems, they face the problems of unreliable mobile data networks, power/battery management issues as well as false positives and negatives. The combined problems make the use of EEG-based medical sensors unsuitable for many medical scenarios. With substantial challenges impeding the performance of existing BCI implementations, Cortex is developing a new comfortable, convenient, and high quality NIR sensor.
The initial use case for the Cortex Neurosensor will be a home-based neurofeedback therapy using a portable BCI headset for the almost 1 in 5 Australians affected by brain disorders such as acquired brain injury, learning disabilities, stroke, ADHD and autism. To date, there have been limited therapeutic interventions available and a significant social and economic cost involved for affected individuals and their family members. The team is inspired by the personal experiences of the Neurosensor inventor and his young daughter.
In a heartening turnaround, PARTEC – the plastics training, education and technology centre at Mt Gravatt in QLD – is now training 60 composite technicians for composites manufacturing/fabricating companies that make an array of componentry including tanks, truck parts, bridge beams and cross arms and bus panels. Roger Cater, PARTEC CEO, advised that this is the biggest intake the centre has ever had. ‘Well trained skilled technicians are in great demand. They contribute to our industry’s productivity and can make the difference between step change and business as usual’, says Roger.
One of its biggest customers is the luxury boat builder, Riviera which has flagged that it needs an additional 90 people to fulfil its order book. In addition to the apprenticeship program, PARTEC is doing short (4 day) courses that comprise of hand laminating, mould prep and safe operation of power tools (diamond saws and buffing) to train job-ready ‘trade assistants’. While this is currently non-accredited, Roger thinks these workers will eventually transition into the apprenticeship program.
(Extract from Composites Australia publication, June 2021)
(83) For 2020 the COVID-19 cash-feed from the ATO was a brilliant strategy which enabled us to work through the crisis. Many plastic moulders are now very busy, having picked up good business from May 2020, after the initial slump. And they are putting on new apprentices to keep pace with demand.
(84) The review of the PMB plastic processing training package took almost 3 years, and it is awaiting finalisation of the operational aspects with State and Federal Govts. The review did not generate any formal “Skillsets”, which are short courses from the trade technologies. We have applied to write up drafts and get a trial of a few short-course skillsets in Queensland to be delivered by Partec Institute.
Employers of apprentices can apply for an apprentice wage cash subsidy of 50% for the 9 months from the first day of 2020, up to a cap of $21,000 for each apprentice. Applications open in April. See this site for full details:
QPITC Members and Management Committee: Message from Association Secretary follows:
The AGM for QPITC was held as e-business, opening the meeting after the Audited Accounts were received by the Chairman and Treasurer at end of September, and closing the meeting at the “close of business 11th of December 2019”, and confirming re-election of Chairman and others, and some new appointments. (Refer to the revised “Corporate Directory” on the revised website www.plastics-ITC.asn.au)
Queensland Plastics Industry Training Committee (Inc. 0399)
SUMMARY OF CHAIRMAN’S ADDRESS
35th AGM of QPITC, 11 December, 2019.
This Association was incorporated in Queensland on 5th July 1984 under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981.
The advancement of the industry’s polymer technology training is the primary function of this Association.
Vocational education & training for polymer processing must focus on commercial & practical application of the science of the materials and the science of the manufacturing processes.
In this industry, an apprenticeship is an educational program aiming to improve the enterprise capability and to help the business grow and prosper.
Our industry enterprises give 65% of apprenticeships to existing workers who have proved their worth in the workplace over time periods from two to ten years of employment.
The 20-30 years’ age group of apprentices makes up 50% of the apprentice numbers, with the next 25% being under 20 years of age, and “mature-age” apprentices ranging between 30-45 years of age, being the final 25% of the total of over 120 in continuous enrollment across the specialized polymer processing sectors.
The Queensland government stands out from the other States, with its recognition of these Trade Apprenticeships, and an intelligent funding system for the governance of the training delivery.
This is my opportunity to thank both the Queensland State Government and all the industry sectoral committee members, on behalf of the Queensland Plastics Industry as represented by our Association Members and our allied industry friends.