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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PVH solar tracker launches AxoneDuo Infinity

Solar tracker manufacturer PVH has unveiled the AxoneDuo Infinity tracker designed to maximise energy generation and suit Australian conditions. The latest innovation is set to transform Australia’s solar efficiency by offering adaptability across unique Australian conditions, including diverse configurations and unique terrain requirements, according to the Sydney company. Australia is expected to hit 50 percent…

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Queensland’s Battery Industry Strategy aims to lead nation

The Queensland government has released an ambitious $570 million Queensland Battery Industry Strategy aiming to spur nation leading investment in renewable energy to create clean economy jobs. The strategy supports battery industry innovation, commercialisation, investment, supply-chain growth, and will promote Queensland nationally and internationally, according to a statement. It estimates that Queensland’s battery industry could…

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