Marky Industries gets skills boost to future-proof growth

4 September 2018

Marky Industries

With the help of Logan Office of Economic Development, TAFE Queensland, AusIndustry and Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Planning, leading composite manufacturer Marky Industries was able to address skilled staffing issues, and develop programs to continue to upskill and attract the best talent.

A representative from Logan Office of Economic Development (LOED) met with the team at Marky Industries to discover the business support LOED could provide to enhance their business. Following consultation with Marky Industries and identification of challenges in their business, LOED:

  • connected Marky Industries to Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) who assisted with a recruitment round to attract skilled staff
  • connected Marky Industries to TAFE Queensland who assisted them to access the Regional Skills Adjustment Strategy program to upskill existing staff
  • partnered with AusIndustry and Department of State Development Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Planning to host a Lean Manufacturing workshop for their staff and other local businesses at Marky’s Crestmead facility

DESBT mobilised a recruitment drive across the employment services network, which saw approximately 160 applicants attend an information session at Woodridge. 

Each applicant was interviewed and a shortlist of 25 applicants attended a tour and introductory session at Marky Industries the following week. From these, 14 were earmarked for employment and five immediately progressed to an induction. Marky Industries has since staggered three groups of new employees.

“Dealing with (LOED) has had a minimal amount of impact to our recruitment processes within our business, with a very successful outcome. We are also currently planning our next recruitment drive for the near future to enable us to increase our employment base” said Martyn Powell from Marky Industries.

“This has been a worthwhile exercise with a positive outcome.” 

TAFE Queensland submitted a business case on behalf of Marky to access the Regional Skills Adjustment Strategy (RSAS) to provide funding for skills training to meet the challenges of the labour shortages in the industry. The business case to access RSAS funds for four pre-employment pathway programs was approved by the advisory committee. This enables TAFE Queensland to assist Marky over the next 12 months, to ensure that they have the required labour to meet their production increases. The assistance includes training for new employees, plus subsequent employee intakes.  

Marky expects to increase their labour force by an additional 30 people over the next six to 12 months, plus DESBT now has a pool of suitable candidates to assist other composite manufacturers who are also experiencing difficulty in attracting suitably skilled employees.

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