To drive a positive direction and affect the youth in choosing a career in manufacturing, Varley hosted an information event at their Yennora site on Friday 3rd May with education influencers from the Western Sydney area.
As Sydney is experiencing a current lull in hiring skilled and non-skilled workers in manufacturing roles, Varley’s Yennora site was the perfect location to demonstrate the opportunities that youth can be inspired by when selecting an exciting and rewarding career. Focusing on the Western Sydney area for manufacturing careers Varley’s HR Manager, Jan Dobbie presented a strong view about the issue and that Varley is not the only company that is open employer.
“I showed VET teachers what Varley do in manufacturing and spoke about how they can help inspire school students to consider a career in the manufacturing industry and in sectors like Varley”, said Jan Dobbie, HR Manager-Varley Group.
People who attended the event were Amy Greenshields from DET NSW RTO section, Julianne Stanton the Education Project officer of Generation STEM CSIRO. Other attendees were predominantly VET teachers from all around the Sydney metropolitan and Central Coast regions.
Jan’s mission moving forward is to be involved in the Western Sydney area through the TAFE, Cumberland Manufacturing Centre and working with schools and other providers that support young people and influence career choices.
Many manufacturing companies in Sydney have been feeling the pinch when looking for interested and skilled workers to fill various roles. Varley’s Yennora site has not been an exception in that category when putting out the search.
“The usual method of advertising the positions on job sites, posting on social media and on the company website in recent times has proven to be a struggle in obtaining candidates for our Yennora site” explains Jan Dobbie, Varley’s HR Manager
After exhausting the usual avenues Jan set out to create a new immediate solution to find the employees that were needed. The strategy was, if she can’t hire them then training them into different roles was an option. This concept took flight when TAFE NSW and job agencies, Workskil and SSI (Settlement Services International) jumped onboard.
The final program consisted of 1 full week and one day a week for 3 more weeks in addition to the TAFE tuition of four units from their Auto manufacturing package. The hands on experience of 3 days over three weeks saw the participants practicing the skills they learnt. The subject units studied was safety, tools, engineering drawings and quality. All classes and job experience was conducted onsite at the Varley Yennora site. This enabled Varley to see how the prospective employees adapted to the Varley culture while they worked as a team and demonstrated their agility.
Varley’s employment program solution has been a success in securing 7 candidates on the program with 6 being offered full-time employment in the stores and production roles. Each new employee was provided with a basic toolkit by the job active agency. The program participants’ ages ranged from 21 years of age up to 60 years of age coming from a of mix of Australian and International backgrounds.
Although this initial program was only an immediate solution to employ workers; this has been used as a case study with future plans to work the program through schools and TAFE to benefit all manufacturing companies in the Cumberland (western Sydney) area.
“Getting this program set up took a lot of effort. We had support from the Commonwealth Dept. of Jobs and Small Business, Training Services NSW, TAFE NSW and numerous service providers. We had a few anxious moments but as we neared the end of the 4-week program, the results have exceeded our expectations. It is a great result for us, for the referrers and of course for the participants who have worked really hard to earn a spot with us.” explains Jan Dobbie, Varley HR Manager
“It has proven to be a great way to find employees where we have previously struggled to get people in the door.” said Jarrod Riley, Varley Supervisor
“The Varley program has created key opportunity in the manufacturing industry and job opportunities for our job seekers.” expressed Penny Evans, WorkSkil
“If you are going to do a program like this, be prepared to learn something new.” said Dirk Reinke, participant and new Varley employee
“The program was great, fast paced, great quality with end products that are brilliant.” said Adam Hall, participant and new Varley employee
“The program is definitely worth it. You learn a large variety.” said John Hoy, participant and new Varley employee.
Represented by Human Resource Manager, Jan Dobbie, Varley Group took an inspirational interest in the NSW/ACT Youth Conference organized by the Australian Government’s Department of Jobs and Small Business Wednesday, 3rd April.
As an invited guest, Jan took the opportunity to speak about key actions that Varley Group undertakes to assist young people make successful transitions from school to the adult world of employment.
Varley Group prides itself as a company that effectively demonstrates a track record working with various youth careers programs like VET, Port Stephens P-Tech, PaTH, RDA Hunter STEMships and short training programs for unemployed people within the Hunter, Sydney and Ballarat areas. These programs have proven to be vital in the identifying passionate and committed young people for hiring as apprentices and trainees.
Varley believes we all have responsibilities to showcase what our work is, what career opportunities are available within our organisation and industry. “Helping others ignite their passion and ultimately for making a society that provides economic and social benefit for all.’ States Jan Dobbie.
The conference brought together stakeholders in supporting young unemployed people to identify how to improve the current support system. The event shared many inspirational stories and case studies combined with an open mind to structuring future service models in order to skill and prepare our youth for careers and work.
Original Article: Big Rigs Magazine
RGM Maintenance Townsville has been named the 2018 Daimler Truck and Bus Dealer of the Year at a black tie event in Melbourne.
The dealership has played a crucial role in the North Queensland market for Daimler Truck and Bus, setting new standards of customer service in the region.
"Daimler Truck and Bus had a remarkable year across Australia and New Zealand, but it was evident something particularly special was happening up in Townsville and the surrounding area,” said Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead.
"Anyone who deals with RGM Maintenance Townsville would realize they are having a hugely positive impact on the Daimler Truck and Bus network across Australia.”
Mr Whitehead presented the Daimler Truck and Bus Dealer of the Year award to RGM Maintenance Company Directors, Russell Newman and Greg Jackson, who had first aspired to join the Daimler dealership network some 15 years earlier.
Mr Whitehead praised the RGM Maintenance team for its commitment to both the sales and support aspects of the business.
"They are also some of the most passionate and hard-working people, who happen to be some of the nicest people you will ever meet,” he said.
Daimler Truck and Bus brands Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and Fuso also presented a range of awards at the Docklands event including metro and regional dealers of the year.
Mercedes-Benz presented the Metro Dealer of the Year award to David Reid of Sydney's Stillwell Trucks, while Christchurch's Prestige Commercial Vehicles was announced as the runner up.
The Mercedes-Benz Regional Dealer of the Year was awarded to Dean Mavin of Mavin Truck Centre, Kempsey, while RGM Maintenance Townsville was named the runner-up.
Freightliner presented its 2018 Metro Dealer of the Year award to Greg Gardiner of Daimler Trucks Huntingwood, while Christchurch's Prestige Commercial Vehicles was announced as the runner up.
The Freightliner Regional Dealer of the Year award was presented to Cameron O'Hara of Daimler Trucks Toowoomba, while Daimler Trucks Newcastle took out the runner-up title.
Fuso presented its 2018 Metro Dealer of the Year award to Kirstin Hoskin from Daimler Trucks Somerton and Daimler Trucks Brisbane came in second.
The Fuso Regional Dealer of the Year was presented to Chris Spence from Daimler Trucks Sunshine Coast and Murwillumbah Truck Centre was named runner-up.
All three brands announced a series of individual awards that celebrate all areas of the dealerships, from the sales showroom through to the service areas and parts counters.
Tuesday 25th Avalon Airshow (Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition) kicked off for 2019 with something for everyone. Over 600 trade exhibititors, advanced military hardware, corporate jets and air displays didn’t disappoint the thousands that attended the event.
Crediting diverse capabilities and stance within the Defence industry today, Varley made its mark being part of the Defence NSW stand, F-35 Expo Chalet with Lockheed Martin, also CTSi (Varley USA) on the Maryland USA stand and VRA (Varley Rafael Australia) exhibiting with Rafael.
“Avalon means business, and that means bringing the world to Australia and taking Australia to the world through high-quality delegations and guests who are here to see what Australian industry had to offer,” Avalon 2019 chief executive Ian Honnery said in a recent airshow newsletter.
“The number of high-level Air Chiefs and industry players reflects this.”
“A record number of Air Chiefs have been invited, adding another dimension to Avalon 2019 as an international marketplace and the ideal location for Australian industry to reach out to the world.”
Avalon 2019 has created and ensured many business connections for the Varley Group in addition Varley was a shortlisted contender to win the Avalon 2019 Innovation award for the Mudbucket (Open System for Avionics Integration). Varley USA CEO, Matt Hederstrom presented at the Technoilogy Symposium on ‘Navigation System for GPS Denbied Environment’ and ‘Mudbucket – Open System for Avionics Integration’ awarding him with the best presentation award.
The US Navy’s latest drone technological upgrade will be shown for the first time in Australia at the Avalon Air Show by the Varley Group/CTSi and L3 Technologies today.
The joint venture completed flight-testing recently of a newly developed integrated communication and navigation system for drones and military aircraft operating in highly contested and GPS-denied environments.
Designated the Enhanced Link Navigation System (ELNS), the prototype was built under a US Navy $8.7M Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase III contract and flight tested at the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport near Patuxent River, MD.
“Our team put ELNS in the air in less than 18 months. It worked the first time and every time during 15 flights which included 152 approaches,” said Ian Gallimore, CTSi Chief Technology Officer.
“ELNS provided area navigation to replace GPS at ranges in excess of 50 nautical miles all the way through landing. Pilots from Airtec, who provided turn-key flight test support, said during test events, “These needles are… money,” and “ELNS is as good as any instrument landing system I’ve flown, I’d fly it in the weather.”
Martin King, Navy Project Manager, added “ELNS is scalable for unmanned aircraft in all Groups, from those needing high integrity like MQ-25, to small unmanned aircraft on tight weight budgets. ELNS is the first system to bring GPS-denied navigation capability to small UAS. By combining significant investments in related fields to create a whole new capability like this, ELNS takes Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) for air vehicles in a compelling new direction.”
ELNS utilises L3 Technologies’ waveforms that defeat adversary strategies to detect and disrupt allied signals, using waveforms that are essential in communications-denied and GPS-denied environments
“There is a strong fit between what ELNS brings and the threats that our forces are facing today,” said Tom Sanders, CTSi Chief Executive Officer.
Varley Group and CTSi to upgrade the mission capabilities for Australian LearJets
Avalon Air Show (February 2019) – Air Affairs, Varley Group & CTSi and have announced a strategic “Mudbucket® Partnership” to upgrade the mission capabilities of Air Affairs’ LearJets. Currently, Air Affairs provides red air support and target towing services for the Australian Defence Force. These enhancements will afford the Air Affairs flight crew unprecedented situational awareness during the exercises, therefore improving the training & operational outcomes for the Australian Defence Force.
CTSi, through Varley Australia, will design and install an avionics upgrade package, based on the proven “Mudbucket®: Solution for Avionics Integration” technology that will display the position of other aircraft in the vicinity so the pilots will be able engage with those aircraft in a more realistic scenario. The situational awareness will also dramatically increase the level of safety during the training operations.
“We at Air Affairs will now be able provide a level of training for our customers that we’ve not been able to before,” says Chris Sievers, CEO of Air Affairs. “We will still provide a reliable, low-cost platform for the ADF, but now with a capability that will take training to a whole new level.”
Tom Sanders, CEO of CTSi, says, “We are thrilled to be a member of this “US – AU” team that bring our US-based avionics experience to bear for our key allies here in Australia.”
“Varley Group has a track record of providing key capabilities and support to our warfighters, and we’re excited to be able to build on that legacy into the next generation and beyond,” says Jeff Phillips, Managing Director of Varley Group. “Our customers will rely on this Mudbucket® Partnership for innovative airborne solutions for years to come.”
This new direction for the Varley Group demonstrates the latest leading-edge technology for Avionics and Cyber space.
With Air Affairs’ operational expertise, Varley Group’s capability, and CTSi’s innovative engineering, the Mudbucket® Partnership creates a world-class team in the air services arena unmatched around the globe.
CTSi (a part owned USA division of Varley Group) is a specialising integrated solutions business developed to solve challenging technical problems. With 2018 sales over $50M and a solid SBIR track record, CTSi is positioned for rapid growth to meet emerging demand within the U.S. DoD for new technologies. See more about CTSi at www.goctsi.com.
About Varley Group
Varley Group is Australia’s oldest and most advanced engineering company. The company success is in providing customers with innovative solutions and quality in design and manufacture. It provides a comprehensive range of services and products to a wide variety of major industries.. See more about Varley Group at www.VarleyGroup.com.
About Air Affairs
Air Affairs Australia is a highly capable and innovative Aviation Flight Operations and Engineering-based company. Established in 1995 and 100% Australian owned, Air Affairs is a leader in the provision of specialized airborne and engineering services to the Defence Forces, Government departments and multinational companies in Australia and around the world. See more about Air Affairs at www.airaffairs.com.au
The arrival of the first two Fifth Generation F-35A aircraft to the Royal Australian Airforce, Williamtown marks a monumental milestone for Varley Defence in design and manufacturing in Australia.
Varley’s work on the F-35 Program has cut across both Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman with the Landing Gear Handling System (LGHS) commencing in February 2004, Canopy Maintenance Sling assembly to Lockheed Martin in 2005, the Aircraft Maintenance Sling to Northrop Grumman in 2005 and the Deployable Data Management System (DDMS) Shelters for Lockheed Martin Australia in 2018.
Since Varley’s involvement in the System Development and Demonstration phase of the F-35 Program, the company has maintained its status as a strategic supplier by demonstrating their ability to supply best-value products, on-time delivery through Lean Manufacturing and innovation to the Defence and Aerospace markets.
Varley are proud to be an integral supplier to the F-35 program and is one of two Australian companies that has designed, developed and manufactured equipment for the program, earning the coverted status of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer).
“A wonderful day for Australia to witness the arrival of the first two F-35 aircraft.” said Jeff Phillips, Managing Director.
“It’s fabulous to see the fruits of our labour and end outcomes of many years of hard efforts on the F-35 JSF program.”
“It was an opportune moment to interact with Lockheed Martin senior executive team and support other Australian industry companies like Varley.”
About Varley Defence
Headquartered in Tomago, Varley Defence is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Varley Group. The company employs more than 850 people in Australia and 100 people in the US working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence, specialised vehicles, and civil sectors.
Growing local jobs with a Queensland workforce was the topic of conversation when Member for Bancroft, Chris Whiting, inspected Varley Vehicles ambulance assembly line with its CEO Blaine Scarr on Thursday.
Varley Vehicles has completed about $5 million worth of work for the Queensland Ambulance Service this year, creating 30 jobs locally at its Narangba factory and another 30 Queensland jobs through the supply chain.
It is looking to expand these local operations when the Queensland Ambulance Service announces the results of a tender in the new year to complete $3 million worth of upcoming ambulance builds.
Varley Vehicles is one of four companies looking to capture some of this work.
Mr Scarr said the ambulance production line at Varley Vehicles was a real example of the Queensland Government and Mr Whiting’s commitment to a local build, with local workers and making use of the local supply chain.
“When you see a Queensland ambulance or a fire truck go driving by, know that it was engineered locally by workers from Queensland,” Mr Scarr said.
“Without the Queensland Ambulance Service’s investment in the Queensland manufacturing industry and more importantly in Varley Vehicles local operations, 30 direct Varley jobs, and another 30 local jobs downstream in the supply chain, would've been lost to the region.
“Creating local jobs and supporting high skilled manufacturing is a central plank of what our government does. Well done to Varley for having such faith in our local community, and in Queensland.” Said Mr Whiting.
About Varley Vehicles
Headquartered in Narangba, Varley Vehicles is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Varley Group. The company employs more than 850 people in Australia and 100 people in the US working on a wide range of major programs spanning the specialised vehicles, aerospace, defence and civil sectors.