Registrations are now open for the inaugural National Furniture Industry Training Conference, which will feature presentations by well-respected speakers from industry and government.

Assistant Minister for Education, The Honourable Sussan Ley MP, international testing and standards expert Stephan Pesch of TUV Rheinland and CSIRO’s Dr Swee Mak will lead the presentations and discussions at the upcoming National Furniture Industry Training Conference in July.

Emceed by international broadcaster, Jo Pearson and featuring esteemed key speakers and interactive discussions, the conference will focus on the recently adopted new skills package for the furniture industry and the impending shift culture including innovation and new technologies.

Delegates will learn everything about training and what is required to secure a thriving Australian furniture community that is able to participate globally and in a strong national economy.

This inaugural conference provides a unique opportunity for Skills Councils, RTOs, employers, government, vocational and tertiary educators, and trainees and apprentices to come together and create new dialogue, new tools and business ideas to achieve successful social and economic outcomes from education.

Upwards of 300 industry leaders from across Australia are expected to attend this significant conference, which is complemented by a series of concurrent activities including the Australian International Furniture Exhibition.

Conference highlights will include presentations on the role of new technologies being introduced to design and manufacturing in the modern world and a walk through the 2014 Australian Furniture Industry Training Award nomination gallery.

The AFA National Furniture Industry Training Conference will be held at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building on 10-11 July.