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Despite the disruptions brought on by the Covid pandemic, training remains at the forefront of SMC Corporation Australia and New Zealand’s customer value proposition.

In addition to on-site training at both its offices and on its customers’ premises, automation and pneumatics specialist SMC, together with Outsource Institute, has introduced a blended learning initiative in 2020.

“SMC backs all our products with training – we believe that the more our customers know, the more effective and efficient their applications will be,” explained William Lebihan, head of field sales for SMC Corporation.

“In addition to basic product training, we offer pneumatic, hydraulic and mechatronics courses, and we also sell training equipment to Universities and technical institutions.

“Also, the shift towards virtual support has been embraced by our company the world over, and learners are no longer required to leave their place of work for five consecutive days, with only a day and a half allocated to the practical component of the course.” 

SMC’s blended solution offers flexibility and highlights in more practical terms what the company’s International Training Division can offer its customers.

Moving with the times, Lebihan added that training linked to IO-link capabilities and Industry 4.0 technologies is high in demand, and learners “can access a factory of the future training system and interact directly via a virtual connection”.

Outsource Institute is a Registered Training Organisation, provides training and assessment in the units of competency MEM18018 (P1) and MEM18019 (P2), which forms part of the Certificate IV in Engineering. 

SMC’s P1 and P2 Pneumatics Training Courses are aligned to the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF). 

“Upon successful completion, students can either be awarded a National Recognised Statement of Attainment for one of both units’ competencies. Alternatively, they can continue to work towards completing the Cert IV,” Lebihan concluded.

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