Weld Australia’s MEM Learning Resources Improve Welder Training

Weld Australia’s recently launched new suite of learning resources for the Manufacturing and Engineering Training Package is gaining rapid industry uptake and positive feedback. Weld Australia designed and created a suite of resources for delivery of the 12 welding and fabrication units of competency in the Manufacturing and Engineering (MEM) Training Package.

Weld Australia formed a national consortium of TAFEs to work on the project. Over the last two years, the consortium has collaborated with the company to develop the most engaging, up-to-date resources possible. Members of the consortium piloted use of the resources, and some TAFEs have already permanently adopted them.

Weld Australia’s MEM Resources have been built with students, teachers and training organisations in mind. It reimagines the learning process with its user-friendly interface, diversified delivery methods, and audited and accurate material. The new MEM resources are completely online and accessible via phone, mobile device or computer. This allows students to access learning at the time, place and pace that suits them best.

South Metropolitan TAFE in Fremantle, Western Australia was the first training organisation to facilitate an official pilot. The feedback received from students and lecturers alike was extremely positive.

“The resources have been terrific, not only for our team here at South Metro TAFE, but we’ve also upheld these and shared these with some external customers as well. So from a  quality perspective, the resources have been tremendous. Being able to link in with Weld Australia and other TAFEs, improved training outcomes—there is a better consistency from a technical perspective Australia-wide. It has improved our focus on digitisation and e-learning, and the increased the flexibility of how we deliver. We’re able to utilise these training resources in class to support lecturers. If apprentices miss classes, they can access the resources and catch up a lot more quickly than trying to reschedule another block later on.”

said Jonathon Maile (Executive Director – Engineering, Transport and Defence, South Metropolitan TAFE).

“The resources have improved our delivery across the fabrication area quite significantly. We’ve had some really great feedback from our industry partners too. On our own, we could have developed an adequate suite of materials for the qualification. Through the national collaboration, we got a much higher quality resources. On a TAFE budget, we never could have got all the bells and whistles—the videos, the eLearning—it’s just financially out of our reach. It’s great when I go out to Rockingham, the Thornley and Naval Base campuses where fabrication is taught and you can see apprentices engaging with the technology. They’re able to download it onto their mobile phones, they can play the videos, its interactive.”

said Brenda Micale (General Manager, Training Services at South Metropolitan TAFE).

Source: Weld Australia

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