Western Sydney University and GE Additive deliver a new way of training for Western Sydney

The Hon. Stuart Ayres Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade and Minister for Western Sydney; Professor Deborah Sweeney, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research, Enterprise and International), Western Sydney University; Sarah Hill, CEO Western Parklands City Authority; Ahmad Zafar, Senior Sales Director, GE Aviation; and Kartik Kumar, Student, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics and Robotics).

Western Sydney manufacturing workers will be able to respond quickly to industry training needs as part of the NSW Government’s $37.4 million New Education Training Model (NETM).

Western Sydney University and GE Additive have teamed up to deliver job–specific short courses at the MakerSpace facility at the Kingswood campus.

Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the “first micro-credential” course will launch this month, providing students with the skills necessary to secure newly-created jobs.

“This sends the message that Western Sydney is an optimal place to train the workers of tomorrow in the most industry relevant way we’re working with GE Additive to provide the skills necessary for their metal additive design and 3D printing business,” Mr Ayres said.

“The New Education and Training Model (NETM) delivered through the Western Parkland City Authority helps us build the pool of talent in Western Sydney, it’s a win for industry and workers making it possible to upskill in a meaningful way in as few as 40 hours.

“There are huge opportunities for people in Western Sydney to take up high-skilled, high-paid jobs and under this new model, businesses can propose the design of a micro-credential and work directly with the education sector.”


Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO, said the collaboration symbolised an engaged approach to relevant education.

“Western Sydney University is passionate about supporting new learning opportunities and helping to drive innovation across Western Sydney in an effort to bring economic and social transformation to the region. The NETM partnership, and our collaboration with GE Additive and WPCA, symbolises an engaged approach to meaningful and relevant education that has impact on the communities we serve,” said Professor Glover.

Sam Maresh, GE Australia Country Leader said it was a win for the additive manufacturing industry in Australia.

“We are delighted to partner with the NSW Government and Western Sydney University to co-deliver and co-design this course,” said Mr Maresh.

Chair of Western Parkland City Authority Jennifer Westacott said the courses will feed the pipeline of skilled workers for a range of cutting-edge industries such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace, defence and pharmaceuticals manufacturing.

“The NETM is a game changer for Western Sydney. It’s a flipped model that puts industry in the driver’s seat and speeds up the development of skills training in response to their needs,” Ms Westacott said.

The NETM will target skills gaps in key industries that will drive the Western Parkland City, with a focus on the new Bradfield City Centre – Australia’s newest city.

Training will be completely funded by the NSW Government during the pilot stage with up to 3000 students participating in 100 micro-credentials.

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18 March 2022

Ali Sardyga, Senior Media Officer