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The Specialised Textiles Association through its Training Sub Committee keeps members up to date with developments in the area of training and helps communicate the training needs of the industry to the various government bodies and training organisations involved in the training delivery. An important role in all this is to assist members in being able to access training wherever they are, in a delivery method which best suits their business and at the same time gain access to the government funding available in taking on trainees. Whilst these matters vary slightly from state to state, the broad issues are largely the same.

At this stage the information on this page is confined to training for fabricator members for Certificate III in Manufactured Textile Products.

National Training Package

Training throughout Australia for the Cert III in Manufactured Textile Products is currently only being delivered by NSW Tafe, Ultimo Campus. 


Methods of delivery vary from state to state and region to region; and can be broken down broadly into 3 main methods.

  1. Work place training, with assessment being made remotely 
  2. TAFE based training
  3. A mixture of 1 and 2 with the registered training organisation delivering some parts of the training and the business delivering the balance in the workplace.


Any Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) can also assist in recruiting trainees and providing advice on how to access Government funding available to businesses taking on trainees. Training can similarly be provided to existing staff as part of Recognition of Prior Learning. Again your AAC or RTO can give you advice on the available Government Funding.

Businesses taking on new trainees are generally entitled to around $4,400 per trainee over the term of the traineeship. This is payable in two installments - one payment upon completion of the probationary period and the final installment at the conclusion of the traineeship.

How do I access Training or Trainees?

Firstly, recruit or identify those existing employees who you wish to undertake training; remembering your local AAC can help in recruitment, accessing your Government funding entitlement and identifying a suitable RTO.

Still confused, then feel free to speak with the Specialised Textiles Association office or contact the RTO in your state:

New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory

Sydney Institute of TAFE
Jones Street
Ultimo NSW 2007

Rainer Malkki
Head Teacher Automotive Vehicle Body 
T    (02) 9217 4976 | M 0403 761 784 
E    rainer.malkki@tafensw.edu.au



You can identify your local AAC and find out other useful information on training from the following website: www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au

In summary, training your staff is beneficial both for your business and the trainees involved. It can be done in a very cost efficient manner that helps secure not only the future of your own business, but our industry as a whole, by improving the skills of our people and the quality of the products we make.