New industry-led welding course to address local skills shortage

Learn in-demand skills and enter an exciting, long-term career with local industries with the SEMMA Welding Skills Short Course! View our new introductory video on YouTube here.

This free 150-hour course commenced in February 2022 in Dandenong South with multiple intakes scheduled over the year. Students who successfully complete the course will be placed into guaranteed full-time work with a local manufacturer.

Read the full media release here.



  • Youth
  • CALD cohorts
  • Female cohorts
  • Individuals impacted by COVID-19 in their previous employment



The South East Melbourne Manufacturers’ Alliance (SEMMA) received $200,000 of funding from the Federal government to launch an industry-led welding skills short course program, designed to provide a continuity of skills needed for the future of manufacturing. This short course will equip participants to perform the work of “Class 2 Welders” – sufficient to meet over an estimated 70% of welding tasks required by manufacturers in the southeast.

SEMMA CEO, Vonda Fenwick said, “As anyone who has operated in the engineering/sheet metal sector understands, Australian industry has suffered a severe shortage of suitably trained and skilled welders for more than 25 years. The reality of Australia’s construction led COVID recovery and the increased Defence focus over the coming years will increase demand for skilled welders exponentially.”



To learn more or get involved in 2022, please contact:

Heather Sharpe | Max Employment



If you are an employer who has a permanent position available for a welder, please email SEMMA to learn more or express your interest:


The Local Jobs Program (LJP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.