Companies urged to do more to help create a digital workforce

Australia’s National Centre for Vocational Educational Research (NCVER) has urged employers to do more to prepare for a digital future of work. In a report, Skilling the Australian workforce for the digital economy, NCVER found preparedness for a digital future was highly varied between workplaces. NCVER managing director, Simon Walker said: “This new report focuses…

Innovative underground electric vehicle heads for tests

An innovative underground electric vehicle that began with a $500,000 R&D grant is headed for testing in Australian mines. Prototypes of the Bortana EV, a battery powered vehicle fitted into a rugged utility vehicle by e-mobility group 3ME Technology, will be delivered to mines across the country this year. The Mets Ignited industry growth centre…

Brickworks enters robotic joint venture

Bulding products group Brickworks (ASX: BKW) and robotics developer FBR (ASX: FBR) have inaugurated their joint venture ‘wall as a service’ manufacturing business, Fastbrick Australia. Fastbrick will charge customers by the square metre of wall built, and exclusively utilise FBR’s Hadrian X bricklaying robot and Brickworks masonry blocks in its Australian operations. Fastbrick is a…