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• The upskilling of 10 Boeing Defen ce Australia structures employees
from Amberley. They completed a course comprising online theory and
a practical con solidated training exercise with Aviation Australia last
• Two Boeing Defence Australia aerospace workers from Oakey to undertake
online studies towards Aeroskills Certificate IV qualification through
Aviation Australia. Studies commenced in 2009 and will continue through
OFFICE OF AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY CAPABILITY (OAIC)
The OAIC at Boeing was recently established in Seattle, Washington, to work
closely with the Australian Department of Defence to support the Australian
aerospace industry. OAIC has organised many training courses for Small to
Medium Enterprises both in the United States as well as Australia to help
grow the in-country knowledge and skills base. These have included industry
roundtables, machining and tooling conferences, and a mentoring program
focusing on Lean manufacturing.
MANUFACTURING SKILLS QUEENSLAND (MSQ)
MSQ assists Queensland manufacturers to develop skilling strategies to
ensure the global competitiveness of the State’s manufacturing industry.
Boeing has representation on and chairs the Aeroskills Industry Consultative
Group of MSQ. In its role as broker between Queensland Government and
Industry for providing training, MSQ has obtained funding for the delivery of
Frontline Management training to Boeing Defence Australia, currently being
negotiated with Chifley Business School as the provider.
SYSTEMS ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
A Boeing Systems Engineering Leadership Program was held in 2009 with
both Defence and Boeing Defence Australia participants. The program
was facilitated by U.S. and Australian based Boeing training experts, and
was considered a huge success by all those involved. The 30 participants
included engineers, business leaders, sub-contract managers, program
managers, chief engineers, business development managers and senior
defence customers (director general and directors).
PROGRAM MANAGERS WORKSHOP (PMW)
In 2009, Boeing held the first combined Program Managers’ Workshop (PMW).
It was attended by employees from across Boeing Australia (Boeing Defence
Australia, Boeing Aerostructures Australia, etc.) and the Defence Materiel
Organisation. The PMW focused on developing program management best
Practices through the use of project simulation. In past years individual
workshops were held for Boeing and the Defence Materiel Organisation.
Due to its success Boeing will again host a combined workshop in June 2010
to continue the development of Best Practices and relationships between
various organisations. Since the introduction of this workshop in Australia,
approximately 200 Boeing and Defence Materiel Organisation staff have
successfully completed this training.
From an overall Boeing Australia perspective, the company has:
Invested AU$800 million in manufacturing, and the development and
employment of Australians in leading edge technology jobs.
Contributed nearly AU$390 million in high tech aerospace exports annually.
Boeing Defence Australia recognises that learning, training and
development are required to build organisational capabilities. In addition
to investing in programs such as the Aerospace Project, University Relations,
OAIC, Frontline Management, and applying for funding through SADI and
other organisations to upskill employees, the company provides in-house
leadership programs and other training.
These include Interaction Management and the Leadership Discovery
Program. Interaction Management is a competency based leadership
program delivered by leaders who are accredited by Development Dimensions
International and it addresses the current challenges managers, team leaders
and supervisors face. It is run as half-day modules to get leaders back on
the job faster armed with the skills, plans, and tools they need to make an
immediate impact. The Leadership Discovery Program is for employees with
demonstrated potential to become future leaders. It is a year-long program
consisting of a variety of opportunities for personal as well as professional
development through activities such as networking, mentoring, community
involvement, and project participation.
Many Boeing Defence Australia employees have been upskilled by
completing similar training to meet new platform requirements and
technologies. A few recent examples are the Wedgetail 737 Airborne Early
Warning & Control modification and Super Hornet sustainment and C-17
Globemaster III aircrew training system projects. They have mostly involved
deploying Boeing Defence Australia employees overseas, specifically to
the United States, to undertake type training. For example, at the outset
MRTT conversion in Brisbane
Credit: Australian Aerospace
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