UWS' new program for western Sydney manufacturers

New program: UWS deputy vice chancellor, Research and Development, Scott Holmes, with Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson and Lindsay MP Fiona Scott at the launch of the university's advisory program for western Sydney manufacturers.

New program: UWS deputy vice chancellor, Research and Development, Scott Holmes, with Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson and Lindsay MP Fiona Scott at the launch of the university's advisory program for western Sydney manufacturers.

The University of Western Sydney will work with local manufacturers to modernise their operations and revitalise industry.

The Western Sydney Future Advanced Manufacturing Advisory project is funded by a $106,000 federal government grant, and will be delivered through the university’s Small Business Support Centre.

Manufactures will be invited to complete a series of lectures and online learning modules at UWS Parramatta’s city campus,  followed by ‘one on one’ mentoring sessions.

UWS vice chancellor Barney Glover, said the advisory project was a critical initiative for the future of western Sydney’s advanced manufacturing sector.

The learning modules are modelled on changes in high cost environments such as the UK and the USA, where new business models have helped struggling industries return to growth and long term sustainability.

“Western Sydney like several other leading manufacturing regions is facing significant challenges, 

and we recognise the importance of developing innovation to build a competitive advantage,” Professor Glover said.

“This project has been developed within the University through our internal blended learning program, and we are extremely pleased to now be able to leverage this expertise into industry training and development for the benefit of our region.”

Lindsay MP Fiona Scott said the student would allow participants to gain a better understanding of strategy development, business modelling, and financial planning to access new opportunities in emerging markets.

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