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Ai Group’s ground-breaking Higher Level Apprenticeship initiative with Siemens Ltd and Swinburne University of Technology is officially underway.

The program commenced on 27 February, with 20 candidates selected and successfully enrolled. The students have completed their first week of full-time study at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus, followed by orientation at the offices of their employer, Siemens, in Bayswater on 6 March.

The curriculum will consist of 22 weeks of study at Swinburne and 26 weeks of hands-on training at Siemens, with the students rotating between the two facilities in different durations depending on the content, skills and knowledge they are learning. This method provides a diverse learning experience, while also incorporating skills for the new millennia in business and design.

The collaborative partners have expressed their excitement at the commencement of the program and remain committed to the initiative.

“This initiative is offering something unique to the Australian education system, combining the best of university and vocational learning with workplace experiences. Ai Group is extremely proud to showcase this program in our continuous efforts to ensure education and training in our country prepares learners for workplaces of the fourth industrial revolution.”
Megan Lilly, Head of Workforce Development, Ai Group

“All of our partners want to get involved with the program and are itching to offer training to the students. There hasn’t been a program more talked about nationally than the industry 4.0 higher apprenticeship pilot. We hope this is the beginning of a long and exciting journey!”
Nicolette Barnard, Siemens

Students have also expressed their excitement at having this learning opportunity and in formally starting the program.

The initiative seeks to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills through the delivery of a new Diploma and Associate Degree in Applied Technologies. This will then directly articulate into a Bachelor’s Degree which will also be developed during the life of the project. The innovative pilot will include a range of topics including Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT), disruptive technologies and engineering.

Partners and students of the program at Swinburne’s orientation day