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Manufacturing Skills Queensland picks new CEO


Manufacturing Skills Queensland (MSQ) has appointed a new chief executive officer, who will begin the role from July.

Rebecca Andrews was selected for the role, and has previously served in key leadership roles including: Australian Industry Group Queensland State Head; Deputy Director-General, Small Business at the Department of Employment, Small Business, and Training; and various boards and advisory groups, including the Ministerial Manufacturing Council.

MSQ is an independent body supported by a $16.5 million Queensland Government investment over three years to drive the growth of the state’s manufacturing industry.

MSQ plays a key role in identifying the training and skills required by manufacturers and employees, with special consideration for the Energy and Jobs plan.

Andrew will lead the organisation in building skills and capability to support the future of manufacturing in Queensland.

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Employment and Small Business Minister and Training and Skills Development Minister, Di Farmer said the Queensland Government knows a highly skilled workforce is vital to the future growth of the state’s advanced manufacturing sector and the Queensland economy more generally.

“That’s why we allocated $16.5M to the establishment of Manufacturing Skills Queensland as a centre of excellence for the delivery of skills and training,” Farmer said.

“Its establishment is delivering on our pledge to ensure Queenslanders get the skills needed for emerging, growth, and traditional industries.

“Manufacturing delivers $20 billion a year to the Queensland economy and strong leadership and collaboration to support the industry’s future is critical.

“We will continue to work closely with MSQ to help the industry thrive by providing evidence-based advice and local insights on the broad range of manufacturing needs across Queensland.”

Andrews said she is delighted to be appointed to the role of MSQ’s new CEO.

“Sharing my experience and vision for leading MSQ’s strategic plans and programs, I will ensure we continue to attract, upskill, reskill to grow a sustainable, inclusive and diverse workforce and business community that thrives today, and in the future,” she said.

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