Awarding the Emerging Excellence for the Sheet Metal Industry




Awarding the Emerging Excellence for the Sheet Metal Industry

The Australian Sheet Metal Industry has always been a major and leading sector in adopting the challenges and has always successfully undergone major reforms. The industry’s peak association “Sheetmetal Industry Association” which represents Australia’s Sheet Metal industry often speaks about the major challenges of the industry being faced by the Sheet Metal companies of the Australia. The association is also known for its initiatives to promote the emerging skills of the sheet metal industry of Australia.


About the Award


This peak body of the sheet metal industry of Australia is known for rewarding the excellence of students of the Australian high schools by honoring high school students with the prestigious Sculpture of the year Award. The SIA (Sheetmetal Industry of Australia) started conferring this award in the year of 2003 and since last 8 years it has been awarding the emerging excellence of the Sheet Metal and Metal Fabrication sector and helps industry to fill up the talent gap for Metal Stamping .


And just like every year the association this year too organized the Excellence Awards known as Sculpture of the year Award. This time, the competition was organized at MLC Center located in the heart area of Sydney. The even put the creative work of top 10 national finalists on display. “These kinds of awards work like Kudos for the contestants and for the industry itself too.” said Collin Johnson, Managing Director of FJP Manufacturing PTY LTD.


“We were amazed at the immense response to the event, it overwhelmed our expectations.” We started it as an attempt to raise the awareness of Sheet Metal Industry of Australia but now it has been a platform for the industry and for the career seekers too for the sector where skill shortage is a big concern”, he added.


It is to be noticed that this award is attracting a huge number of sponsors, patrons, teachers and students and of course, the general public too!  The creative and artistic projects/works by the top ten finalists are put on display at the foyer of MLC building, Sydney CBD. This kind of display/promotion works like an added incentive for the contestants.


A look at this year’s event :

The award for the year of 2011 was conferred to Curtis Schaefer from Henry Lawson High School (Year 10) for his sculpture ‘Fighting for Peace’. While the junior category award was given to Will Cassim an 8th year student from Braidwood Central School for his sculpture ‘Pig Hunting’.