Lamborghini Creates World’s First ‘Self-Healing’ Sports Car





Lamborghini has created the world’s first self-healing sports car. The Terzo Millennio, which translates as third millennium in Italian, has the ability to detect and repair cracks in its body work.

Using sensors the car can conduct its own health check to detect any damages and self-repair itself by filling the crack with nanotubes to prevent it spreading.

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WorldSkills Australia to Feature on Better Homes and Gardens – Friday 15th September at 7.00 pm

WA took out a swathe of medals at the 2016 Nationals , so if you have the time on Friday please watch the segment , our very own Mark Harper was Head Judge for Automotive VETis Competition.


WorldSkills to feature on Better Homes and Gardens – Friday 15th September at 7.00 pm

WorldSkills Australia is proud to announce that the 2016 National Competition will feature in the Better Homes & Gardens episode airing this Friday 15th September 7pm. This is quite a milestone for our organisation to be featured as part of a prestigious national program, and on such a significant platform.

As the only television and magazine collaboration on air, Better Homes and Gardens has a collective reach of over 7.8 million people. With over 700,000 followers on Facebook alone, we’d like to help make this become the most watched Better Homes and Gardens episode this year. This is where we need your help. 

The episode looks fantastic and we want to capitalise on the extra attention WorldSkills and the Australian skills community will experience from this unprecedented exposure.

To help us reach the largest audience possible, we encourage you to please feel free to promote the episode through your networks. If you aren’t already following us on social media, we have included all our social media handles below, along with all the Better Homes and Gardens social media information.

We will be releasing teasers for the episode via social media throughout the week.

WorldSkills creates opportunities for people to become the very best version of themselves. This extra exposure will promote all the hard work our volunteers and competitors put into everything they do.









North Metropolitan TAFE – VETis Courses

This article is to inform school-based VET coordinators and Design and Tech teaching staff of the courses on offer at North Metropolitan TAFE (NMTAFE) in the automotive and engineering trades. NMTAFE has created a YouTube video (link below) which targets specific trades such as:

  • Automotive
  • Fitting and Machining/Mechanical Fitter
  • Fabrication (Light – Sheetmetal and Heavy – Boilermaker)

The video shows apprentices and school-based pre-apprentices working in the above specific trade areas onsite in the NMTAFE workshop facilities.   Please click here to view the eight (8) minute YouTube video.

If students are looking to enrol in a class through school in the coming year, there are options to enrol in the school-based program, which runs part-time over a teaching year.

For students that have left school or are about to leave school, there are full-time TAFE based pre-apprenticeship courses which run over a semester.   Please click here to download and print out the “Program Duration” document, which outlines course time-frames and campus locations.

Please click here for online registrations for 2018 North Metropolitan TAFE courses (please note that 2018 online registrations for VET in schools close 1st September 2017).

Please click here to print out the brochure for our “Trades Night Presentation”, which is scheduled to take place on Monday 18th September 2017.  Please come in and view the trade workshop facilities.

Thank you for your time and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any of the staff below.

Light Fabrication (Sheetmetal)
Shaun Butler
Light Fabrication
Sheetmetal Lecturer
Midland Campus
Contact:  (08) 9374 6344
Ian Bodger
Automotive Technology/Lecturer
Midland Campus
Contact:  (08) 9374 6108
Fitting & Machining
Kingsley Moore
Fitting & Machining Lecturer
Midland Campus
Contact:  (08) 9374 6340
Heavy Fabrication (Boilermaker)
Glen Jones
Heavy Fabrication/Welding Lecturer
Midland Campus
Contact:  (08) 9374 6343



Austal – $780 Million Contract

The Australian Financial Review reports the Pentagon announced over the weekend that a WA company had been picked to supply an additional Littoral Combat Ship, ahead of Lockheed Martin’s variant.

Perth-based shipbuilder Austal has received a timely boost from the US Navy by securing a fresh $780 million contract – Please Click Here

Future Forecast: What are Future Jobs?

Will robots take our jobs?

From the factory floor and self-driving cars, to journalists and surgeons, robots are making their mark on the workforce and they have been the focus of a number of studies as digital disruption has grown in force over recent years.

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IBSA News and Events

Compliant TAE Resources – Like buying a car and expecting to be taught how to drive

There are many TAE Resources that claim or are presumed to be compliant (IBSA’s included). The problem, as many are finding in ASQA audits, is that no resource will be fully compliant, as the way it is used and the history of the TAE in each RTO will determine whether the product is right fit.

The purchase of TAE resources can be compared to the purchase of a new car. Once you choose the right car with the features you require for your personal use (i.e. cup holders and heated seats for me), you receive the car and a manual explaining all the features and providing guidance on how to use them. Importantly, you also receive a service guide and book which assists you in getting optimum value from your purchase and provides a tool for being able to record how you look after your vehicle.

What you are not provided is a license to drive or instructions to drive the car. It is assumed that as you are purchasing the vehicle you are capable of driving the vehicle safely and correctly.

It is the same when selecting or developing TAE resources.

Many providers have the luxury when delivering TAE training of having very similar cohorts of students based on the program they offer. For example, a provider offering the TAE in a blended format with evening face to face sessions could quite likely attract those who are currently employed in the field of their choice and looking to become practitioners in this chosen field. Providers will find looking at historical data and surveying current and former students is a great way of determining the range of students they attract to each course. Incidentally, this is a major ASQA audit requirement – understanding past performance of previously delivered TAE programs.

What is IBSA doing with this information….

IBSA is currently using our strong knowledge of the new TAE compliance and audit requirements along with the VET Practitioner Capability Framework knowledge to develop its “New Car”, with increased options for comfort, accompanied by a comprehensive user manual to assist with driving in various conditions and most importantly providing a service guide and accompanying tools to assist drivers get the most value from their purchase!

Below is a release schedule and details of IBSA’s “New Car” or should we say TAE products.

For further information, please click here


Gateway To Industry Schools Project

QMI Solutions is proud to host the Queensland Governments’ Gateway to Industry Schools Project (GISP) for Manufacturing and Engineering since 2009.  The GISP is a component of a state-wide industry engagement and workforce development strategy to support the long-term development of a highly skilled workforce in Queensland.  The Queensland government is committed to growing manufacturing in this state as a critical driver of innovation and productivity in the economy.  QMI assists to deliver this vision.

For further information, please follow this link:   Click here


Survey – Technology and Innovation – The Impact on WA Industry and its Workforce

 Purpose of the survey:

Provide information from key stakeholders across WA Industry, in terms of how they see innovation and technology shaping the future workforce needs of their organisation, their industry and the WA economy.

The survey will assist in answering the following questions:

  • How current and emerging innovation and technology advances are changing the nature of work in some of WA’s key industries and in particular, the demand for future skills and jobs; and
  • Appropriate education and training strategies and policy changes, which will ensure that these workforce needs are met in the future.

Who should fill it out?  Industry associations, business leaders, innovation and technology specialists, research institutions and education providers

By when?  26th February 2017

How long will it take to complete?   10 minutes

Link to the survey: