A BENDIGO manufacturer has called for closer ties between the industry and education sectors as government moves to stimulate the job market.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday that Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter would chair five working groups to create a job making agenda.
It comes after hundreds of thousands of people were left jobless by the COVID-19 crisis.
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These working groups will deal with award simplification, enterprise agreement making, casuals and fixed term employees, compliance, and "Greenfields agreements" - between unions and new enterprise.
Australian Turntable Company chairman Paul Chapman said central Victoria was ahead of government in addressing manufacturing challenges, pointing to an existing plan to boost the region's workforce.
Mr Chapman said he would like to see closer collaboration between industry and education come out of a scheme designed to create jobs.
He also hoped for a strong emphasis on apprenticeship schemes and the Australian brand.
Mr Chapman said ultimately the industry needed projects on its books to create more jobs.
"There's the perception ... particularly in young minds, that manufacturing is dirty, it's insecure, and it's underpaid. That perception is quite wrong," he said.
"As manufacturers around Australia and around the world embrace new technologies and lead manufacturing upskilling our people, then we have the most extraordinary opportunities to meet the world's needs from Australia."
Mr Chapman said he took an optimistic approach to Australia's post-crisis future.
"We will have a concentration of projects come into a very short period of time. So we need to have the resources to deliver those projects," he said.
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