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Widespread audit of freeway signs after massive sign fell on car

‘Ticking time bombs all over Australia’ Weld Australia chief executive Geoff Crittenden believes nearly all states in Australia need to introduce better compliance regimes for the fabricated steel industry. “There are ticking time bombs all over Australia,” Mr Crittenden said. “I am desperately concerned somebody will die. “There is absolutely no question, lives are at… Read more »

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Revolutionising Welder Training in Australia

Australia is facing a significant shortage of qualified and certified welders. Without action, the nation will be unable to meet future demand on major projects in industries as diverse as defence, shipbuilding, aerospace, infrastructure, rolling stock, and resources. According to a recent employment outlook survey in Australia, skilled trades workers are scarce—38% of Australian employers… Read more »

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Exclusive BOC Offer for Weld Australia Members

  Weld Australia is pleased to announce that all new and existing members now have access to discounted pricing on BOC equipment purchases, as well as discounts on gas and cylinder rental charges. At Weld Australia, we are committed to representing the interests of our members and to promoting the use of best practice technology… Read more »

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Advanced Training To Secure Future Jobs for Queensland’s Welders

Together with the Queensland State Government and TAFE Queensland SkillsTech, Weld Australia is set to revolutionise welder training in Queensland. With the implementation of advanced technology and coursework, Queenslanders will be trained faster, safer and more effectively in the welding qualifications that are in high demand by the state’s defence and manufacturing industries. Minister for… Read more »

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Weld Australia Calls for Harsh Penalties on Multi-Nationals That Offshore Australian Jobs (Media Release)

Weld Australia calls upon Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull not to decrease company tax rates for major multi-national companies that send—what should be—Australian jobs offshore. This comes in the wake of BHP’s award of more than 20,000 tonnes of structural steel work for its $4.7 billion South Flank project to an offshore manufacturer. Weld Australia CEO… Read more »

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Weld Australia CEO on Manufacturing in Australia

Weld Australia CEO Geoff Crittenden tells WIN News that the approach from State and Federal Government that manufacturing is dead in Australia couldn’t be more wrong. Manufacturing is very much alive and needs a skilled workforce to ensure it stays that way. New TAFE courses that harness state-of-the-art welder training, using augmented reality technology combined… Read more »

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First Advanced Welder Training Centre to Open in Burnie

The first Advanced Welder Training Centre (AWTC) is set to open in Burnie, Tasmania, with the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Simon Birmingham, pledging $750,000 worth of funding. The first AWTC will be established at the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (TMEC) Centre of Excellence in South Burnie. The newly refurbished centre will… Read more »

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Fincantieri MoU with Weld Australia for R&D in welding solutions for shipbuilding

Weld Australia (formerly known as the WTIA) CEO Geoff Crittenden signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fincantieri Australia to explore cooperation in the design and development of new welding solutions and techniques for shipbuilding in Australia. The agreement will also involve Cetena, a subsidiary company of Fincantieri, which undertakes research and consultancy programs in the naval… Read more »

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Geoff Crittenden & Nick Xenophon talk to Radio FiveAA in SA about a welder shortage

   Weld Australia (formerly known as the WTIA) CEO Geoff Crittenden, along with South Australia’s Nick Xenophon, spoke with Radio FiveAA’s Leon Byner about the shortage of welders in South Australia and the potential impact on South Australia’s ability to deliver on the shipbuilding contracts.   See the article that started the conversation here

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Welder shortage threatens Australian jobs on ships and submarines

HOLDEN workers can go from the auto floor to being “gate ready” to weld ships and submarines — but the State Government isn’t interested, the Welding Technology Institute of Australia says. Weld Australia (formerly known as the WTIA) chief executive officer Geoff Crittenden told The Advertiser of his frustration that workers could be missing out, as experts… Read more »

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