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Skills for Advanced Manufacturing – Composite Materials

Supporting Geelong’s emerging carbon fibre manufacturing capability through development of new training products for workers.

The composite materials initiative is focused on the emerging carbon fibre sector in the region and aims to promote the growth of the sector through targeted skills development and training products.

Following extensive collaboration with Geelong region carbon fibre industry representatives, Skilling the Bay with The Gordon’s technical expertise, facilitated the development of an Australian first Course in the use of carbon fibre in composite manufacturing.

The new course was accredited with the Victorian Registrations and Qualifications Authority in early 2016, following which the first intake of trainees piloted the course.

The Gordon delivers the course which features work-integrated learning as a key component and is aimed at a wide range of individuals including retrenched workers seeking to transition into the growing advanced manufacturing sector.

Partners in the development of the course included:

  • The Gordon
  • Quickstep Technologies
  • Carbon Nexus
  • Sykes
  • Carbon Revolution
  • RPC Technologies
  • Skilling the Bay

For more information see Skills for advanced manufacturing – composite materials


  • Two course intakes in 2016 with 16 participants and a 100% completion rate
  • Half of the participants were retrenched Ford employees
  • So far 6 graduates (ex-Ford employees) have secured employment 

The course continues to be offered by The Gordon in 2018. To register your interest or stay informed about the course, please enter your details here:

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