Registrations Open for the Inaugural National Furniture Industry Training Conference

Published on : Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Australian Furniture AssociationAssistant Minister for Education, The Honourable Sussan Ley MP, international testing and standards expert Stephan Pesch of TUV Rheinland and the CSIRO’s Dr Swee Makwill lead the presentations and discussions at the upcoming National Furniture Industry Training Conference.


Emceed by international broadcaster, Jo Pearson and featuring esteemed key speakers and interactive discussions, the conference will focus around the recently adopted new skills package for the furniture industry and the impending shift culture including innovation and new technologies.


Delegates will learn about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to training and what is required to secure a thriving Australian Furniture community that is able to participate globally and in a strong national economy. The Conference will draw upon Australian and international research and practices that have informed industry standards, best practice and growth of SMEs.


This inaugural conference provides a unique opportunity for Skills Councils, RTOs, employers, government, Vocational & Tertiary Educators, trainees & apprentices to come together, create new dialogue, new tools and business ideas to achieve successful social and economic outcomes from education.


Upwards of 300 industry leaders from across Australia are expected to attend this significant conference which is complemented by a series of concurrent activities including the Australian International Furniture Exhibition.


Delegates from across the country will establish an action agenda to provide innovative pathways from VET to work and work to business growth; opportunities to build an enterprise culture; and new ways of thinking about infrastructure and incentives and pathways to enable today’s apprentices and students to become tomorrow’s Australian business leaders. It will also afford the chance to navigate the new skills packages and will provide an incubator for collaboration and cooperation between those who may be teaching and participating in Australian Qualifications Framework levels of education from Certificate 2 through to Bachelor Degree.


Conference highlights will include presentations on the role of new technologies being introduced to design and manufacturing in the modern world and a walk through the 2014 Australian Furniture Industry Training Award nomination gallery.


The AFA Furniture Industry Training Conference will be held at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building on 10-11 July.



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