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.
Chairman of QPITC,