Best of the week — the five most popular stories among readers, February 19 – February 23, 2024

What were the five biggest stories of the week? Here’s what visitors to this site were reading. 5) Gilmour Space raises $55m, Eris rocket heads for space The historic launch of an Australian developed and manufactured rocket is closer with Gold Coast-based Gilmour Space Technologies closing a $55 million Series D capital raise ahead of…

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What makes an apprentice – apprentice profiles from NCVER

The latest report released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows that the profile of a young person who is likely to undertake an apprenticeship over university remains largely unchanged since 2007. The impact of increasing university participation on the characteristics of apprentices report found that students who are more likely…

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RAN orders two more evolved-cape class patrol boats from Austal

Perth shipbuilder Austal has been awarded a contract extension for the construction of two additional Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boats for the Royal Australian Navy. The $157 million contract follows the procurement announcement made by the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) on 23 November 2023 and brings the total number of Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boats being delivered…

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Manufacturing news briefs — stories you might have missed

Diraq opens commercial laboratory in Sydney Silicon-based quantum computing company Diraq opened its new commercial laboratory, located UNSW’s campus at Sydney, on Tuesday. The company, which announced a successful Series A-2 capital raise of $29 million (US$15m) last week, said the lab is “a critical step” in its plans “to leverage today’s semiconductor manufacturing infrastructure…

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