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To inform a review of progress against the priority action areas (PAAs) outlined in the 2018 Advancing Manufacturing Skills: A Skills, Training and Workforce Development Strategy for the Manufacturing Industry in Queensland, Jobs Queensland engaged Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers from the Australian Cobotics Centre (ACC) to conduct research on the progress against key PAAs and illustrate that progress with two case studies.
The result of the research was a report that presents the key findings from those two case studies and supporting data from a series of sector stakeholder consultations. The report illustrates the opportunities and challenges faced by manufacturing organisations in Queensland as they progress toward Industry 4.0. The case studies provide exemplars for addressing four key PAAs identified in the Advancing Manufacturing Skills Strategy (2018). The report illustrates the opportunities and challenges faced by manufacturing organisations in Queensland as they progress toward Industry 4.0, with a focus on the people in the frontline of the change.
The report also includes case studies of two organisations, Watkins Steel and our industry partner, B&R Enclosures. The research was completed by our research program leads, Dr Penny Williams, Prof Greg Hearn, research Associate, Dr Rio Rodrigues PhD and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Melinda Laundon.
The report was officially launched in February 2023 at an event held at industry partner, ARM Hub.