27 September 2023

Skills keeping pace with nanotechnology

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TAFE SA has continued its work preparing students for the future, with the release of a new report into the future skills needed for the nanotechnology industry.

Chief Executive of TAFE SA, David Coltman said the Nanotechnology and Nanofabrication Technicians Final Report, produced in partnership with the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), detailed the essential skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to work in the growing micro and nanotechnology industry.

Mr Coltman said the ANFF, which enabled micro and nanofabrication research and development through training, expert support and access to tools, worked with TAFE SA to explore future workforce requirements, in particular the skillsets required for manufacturing nanotechnologies.

He said working with the ANFF to determine the skills required for the future nanofabrication industry had produced insightful key findings.

Mr Coltman said the research showed that Australia was well placed to adapt existing training to deliver the skills and qualifications that technicians would need as demand for workers grew.

“Using the existing lab technician-style courses within the TAFE offering and adding opportunities with ANFF short courses in nanofabrication, people can acquire the skills they need to work in nanotechnology industries,” he said.

“Working in partnership with the ANFF we’ve been able to define the knowledge, skills and attributes that nanofabrication technicians will need and identify where existing qualifications could be useful in meeting these needs.

“Skilling students for the jobs of the future is an important priority at TAFE SA and it’s been encouraging to note that our qualifications are delivering skills that are highly transferable to this growing industry.”

The joint 129-page Final Report can be found on the ANFF website at this PS News link.

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