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    Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business
    The Honourable Jan Jarratt

    Maryborough manufacturer skilled-up for the future

    Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business
    The Honourable Jan Jarratt

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Maryborough manufacturer skilled-up for the future

    A Maryborough company’s commitment to staff education and training has been applauded.

    Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Minister Jan Jarratt congratulated engineering and infrastructure management company Downer Rail for investing in its staff.

    “Developing and refining employee capabilities is fundamental to success in sustainable manufacturing and I congratulate Downer Rail for their commitment to up-skilling their workforce,” Ms Jarratt said.

    “The training was delivered by Corporate Partners, a registered training organisation which used the State Government’s high performance workplace program as a framework.

    “By teaching participants about the principles of lean manufacturing and encouraging them to identify opportunities for greater efficiency, the company has developed an impressive culture of continuous improvement.

    “This has led to some outstanding results including reduced waste, stock levels and lead times, increased operating efficiencies, and better service levels.

    “Downer Rail’s Maryborough facility has been undertaking a high performance workplace program since early 2008.

    “Innovation is critical to ensuring companies like Downer Rail stay ahead of the game, and the company’s commitment to up-skilling their workforce will help them retain workers with the skills needed to succeed into the future.”

    The staff received their graduation certificates last week.

    More information on manufacturing improvement training programs, such as the Workplace Partnerships and Productivity Pilot project, is available from the Office of Advanced Manufacturing on 07 3224 6985.

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