TAFE SA and Groupe FIVA team up to focus on skills needs

Feb 24, 2020


In a boost to addressing workforce skills needs in industries including naval shipbuilding, construction and advanced manufacturing, TAFE SA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with French engineering services company, Groupe FIVA, and its two related Adelaide companies, Cadgile and Kadego Engineering.

The partnership will provide a foundation for industry and educational collaboration relating to engineering skills needs in detail and manufacturing design.

Groupe FIVA provides contracted engineering services and labour in France and Spain and is expanding its footprint in Australia. Its local companies, Cadgile and Kadego Engineering, both specialise in digital engineering services and enabling industry 4.0.

The new educational partnership will focus on both immediate and anticipated skills needs in detail and manufacturing design. A key area of interest will be encouraging more students to undertake traineeships, training and delivering graduates with industry-relevant skills, such as 3D CAD design skills.

Naval shipbuilding, the defence industry, mining, construction, oil and gas, advanced manufacturing and other industrial projects in South Australia are likely to see increasing demand for workers skilled in computer-aided design and drafting, prototyping and engineering support services.

TAFE SA Chief Executive, David Coltman, said that the partnership will ensure there is greater clarity about the skills needs of industry and promoting the sought-after career opportunities.

“Working with experienced industry partners will ensure our curriculum and skills development aligns with the growing needs of industries, including those in defence and shipbuilding,” Mr Coltman said.

“The collaboration and resource sharing between both parties will provide great opportunities for our students, ensuring they are job-ready for careers in engineering and manufacturing design.

“TAFE SA has a strong track record of supporting the training needs of the naval shipbuilding industry, which makes this alignment with Groupe FIVA a really exciting opportunity.”

Groupe FIVA Director General, Serge Boniface said, “This MOU furthers our global collaboration on engineering and drafting skills needs. We will be happy to deliver a traineeship program, and as we plan to hire more than 60 people in the following 3 years, we hope this will attract talented students and employees into careers in digital engineering, design and drafting.”

Cadgile General Manager, Gary McRae, said that the MOU comes at an exciting time for the company.

“We’ve just joined forces with another leading CAD company called Kadego, so if you are a young person coming into our group, you have got exposure to the entire digital engineering spectrum,” Mr McRae said.

“We are doing Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D printing, 3D laser scanning, so it’s a great time to be working closely with TAFE SA.”

Kadego General Manager, Gavan Doyle, said, “It’s an exciting time for our Australian and French business partnership and we look forward to building on this activity with the new educational partnership with TAFE SA and ensuring that students are prepared for long careers in engineering and manufacturing.”


Back L-R: Kathleen Drew, TAFE SA, Gary McRae, Cadgile, Gavan Doyle, Kadego, Penny Johnston, TAFE SA, Simone Gibbs, TAFE SA
Front: David Coltman, TAFE SA, Serge Boniface, Groupe FIVA