Applications are now open for the Digital Jobs for Manufacturing program that supports Victorian manufacturers to develop their digital capabilities.

Grants are available to local manufacturing businesses to enrol nominated employees in a free 12-week training course to learn a new digital skill.

The program is helping the manufacturing industry adapt to an increasingly digital world, while giving workers the opportunity to advance their careers.

Watch the case studies below to see how other Victorian manufacturers are using Digital Jobs for Manufacturing to prepare for the future or learn more on the program page.

Case  studies

Integra and Digital Jobs for Manufacturing

Integra is a design driven manufacturer of sheet metal based products. Some of their team talk about how Digital Jobs for Manufacturing is equipping them for the future of manufacturing.

Audio: Music playing.

Vision: Machinery, worker handling sheet metal

Erika Hughes – Commercial Director Integra Systems

Integra Systems is a design led advanced manufacturer. So product development of sheet metal based products is our expertise.

Vision: Staff member working at desk, close up of digital drawings

The design team is the engine room for everything that goes through Integra Systems.

It's all about designing out waste, design for circularity and also innovation embedded in absolutely everything we do.

Vision: Staff gathered on factory floor listening to leader, staff member pulling product off machine

Erika: The digital jobs manufacturing program is really important for us as part of our digitisation strategy. There was a number of engineers who we wanted to upskill.

Vision: Staff in meeting room collaborating in a session. Shot of online program

Jarrah Leonard – Mechatronics Engineer Integra Systems

Vision: Jarrah working at desk

I took the AI and Machine learning course at Monash College. My experiences were great, really good teachers and a lot of new content, which was surprising.

Vision: Integra systems signage, staff member using automated systems

My role focuses around automation in the factory, so the machine learning portion was really valuable and the neural networks gave me a basic understanding.

So hopefully I'll be able to transition them towards our vision systems I could see using or other robotics inside of our factory.

Vision: Staff congregating around machine, worker handling sheet metal in factory, laser cutting metal on machine

Erika: The future of Australian manufacturing is going to be in making sure that we do things smarter and faster, and capturing that data is going to be one of the really important processes that we have to implement. And I think that the training that is offered is going to be really important for upskilling the people for the future of manufacturing.

Vision: Worker pulling sheet metal off machinery and putting into second machine. Team leader giving instruction/demonstration with sheet metal. Jarrah working at desk. Worker moving sheet metal into another area.

IDT and Digital Jobs for Manufacturing

Pharmaceutical company IDT was an early adopter of manufacturing medicinal cannabis products. See how Digital Jobs for Manufacturing is helping the team harness 4.0 technologies to stay at the front of the market.

Audio: Music playing.

Vision: Building exterior, still of woman opening IDT door, staff in factory at assembly line

Paul McDonald – CEO IDT Australia

IDT is a business now approaching 50 years old. More recently, we're going through a transformation. We’re one of the early adopters of medicinal cannabis. While we're doing a lot of work toward mental health, we're still passionate about our roots in cancer drug development. Digital transformation is really in the front of my mind. The need to get up to speed with digital concepts is a priority.

Vision: Close shot of assembly line and controls, staff handling product bottles

Paul: The Digital Jobs for Manufacturing initiative by the Victorian Government is very welcome by IDT.

Vision: Assembly line, bottles moving along conveyer. It gives you an opportunity to develop staff in the moving trends. Malar and co worker approaching IDT doors

Malar Armugam – Senior Program Manager IDT Australia

I did the digital marketing course at RMIT. The first one was the digital analytics and insights and the second one was the digital marketing campaign. This is a really good course You can reap a lot of benefits out of it, you get the best out of it when it's real time learning.

Vision: Malar opening door to IDK, view through doors into factory, controls of machinery in manufacturing

Paul: This opportunity allows us to identify ways to breakthrough those barriers and actually move toward industry 4.0. so you can stay ahead of your industry 4.0 needs. I would highly recommend other organisations adopting this approach

Vision: Staff taking notes, handling products, Conveyer belt with bottles moving along, team members handling bottles