A brighter future for manufacturing in AustraliaOur family owned business has been making bespoke timber shutters and louvres in Australia for over two decades. The OpenShutters factory on the NSW Central Coast has been a vital part of the local community, offering fulfilling career paths for hundreds over the years. Numerous specialist local suppliers are also part of our extended family.
Manufacturing is still the fourth largest employing industry in Australia, with 945,900 people (or 8.2% of the total workforce). While most people are aware of the loss of some jobs to robots in factories overseas, the good news is less well known. Over the the last decade Australian wood product manufacturing employment was up by 12,400 or 29.6%.
Training young staff and innovation will ensure the longevity of shutters Made in AustraliaThe stats show the manufacturing sector workforce is older than the workforce as a whole, with 39.7% of manufacturing workers aged between 45-64 years, compared with 35.6% across all industries. OpenShutters has taken the initiative to counter this trend.
Perhaps it’s time to look beyond using the term sustainable and start thinking regenerative. Most recognise you can’t have a sustainable forest if you don’t regenerate what you remove. We believe to have a sustainable business we need to train the next generation of staff to carry on the tradition of our more experienced craftspeople.
This is why we have a continuing program of training and development. It has made our people award-winners, again and again. OpenShutters has been recognized with:
- The Australian Business Limited president's award for education and training
- State Training Award, NSWBC
- Host Employer of the Year, Central Coast Group Training, two years in a row
- Large Employer of the Year state finalist, Group Training Association of NSW
- Employer of the Year, CC Business Excellence Awards
- Long Serving Host Employer Award, 15 years, Central Coast Group Training
The OpenShutters team includes qualified carpenters, joiners, cabinet makers and other specialists passing on decades of knowledge to our young trainees. Along with a lower Aussie dollar, we see a bright future for making quality shutters and louvres from sustainable timber for Australian conditions, here in Australia.
Source: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, four quarter average of original data.