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Creating a win-win environment for you and your apprentices

Recent discussions with visitors to last month’s DesignBuild expo raised some interesting points – good and bad – about the future of apprenticeships in the cabinetmaking and joinery trades. The joinery shop owners we talked to were worried about the declining number of apprentices, and the shortage of skills we’ll soon be suffering as a consequence. One long-time cabinetmaker claimed that ‘everyone wants to go to Uni now’, and those that don’t aren’t keen to hang around for the length of a trade apprenticeship. The data seems to reflect this: despite some fairly enthusiastic efforts by various levels of government to increase the uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships, numbers in most states continue to decline. In contrast, university participation rates are on the rise, as are the numbers of young people moving directly into the labour market. What’s really concerning, though, is that those that do enter an apprenticeship directly out of school have a pretty low chance of finishing their time, with just over half collecting a trade certificate. So how do we get more interest in apprenticeships – from both employers and employees? And how do we get good staff to stay on board until they complete their apprenticeship? At Pytha Partners Australia, we’re coming in to contact with more and more apprentices as PYTHA training is rolled out at TAFE Institutes in Sydney and Melbourne. Whether they’re fresh out of school and still in learning mode, or a little more ‘worldly’ and looking to upskill, the students may have more to offer employees than we’re giving them credit for, and we’re wondering if a different approach...

Furniture design student awarded with PYTHA package

As the recipient of the Holmesglen Institute Award, a Melbourne Furniture Design student will have 12 months to hone his PYTHA software abilities and add a powerful skill to his resume. Jian Wen was awarded the Holmesglen accolade as the top student in the Certificate IV in Furniture Design & Technology course, where he has been developing the skills and knowledge required to design and produce individual fine furniture for display, custom production and volume furniture production. Jian’s efforts were rewarded with a 12 month licence to the PYTHA 3D CAD student version; the software will be an invaluable tool for Jian as he continues his studies – with an obvious passion for the subject and great skills in design, Jian has decided to carry on with the Diploma level course. PYTHA 3D CAD has been a long-time favourite of furniture designers throughout the world. Learn more here, or contact Pytha Partners today to find out how the software is suited to this niche design discipline.                ...

Apprentices add CAD to their toolbelt

Shopfitting and cabinet making apprentices across the country are increasingly keen to add CAD to their toolbelt. With in-depth knowledge of CNC technology an integral part of these trades, learning about ‘the front end’ of the CAD-CAM process is a great advantage. The growing popularity of TAFE PYTHA courses is evidence of this; the courses are delivered by skilled shopfitting and detailed joinery teachers, and are tailored to suit both beginner (Part 1) and intermediate (Part 2) users. Course participants have indicated that adding PYTHA skills to their portfolio is a real value-add, with new employers looking for staff with a wide range of software capabilities. Employers are taking advantage of the courses, too, upskilling their staff and ensuring they know how to get the most of their 3D CAD software, and improve their time efficiency (and the company’s bottom line!). Find out more about upcoming TAFE and other PYTHA training opportunities...

Melbourne designer shares her PYTHA learning journey

As the principal designer and founder of successful Melbourne design firm, Logie Interiors, Carlie Logie has a passion for design and a wealth of experience in both residential and commercial interiors. The savvy designer also has some hefty goals to kick in the coming twelve months; Carlie plans to transition from a predominantly residential market to her preferred commercial scene, and she intends to present all future design concepts with stand-out 3D visuals. When she established these goals, partnering with PYTHA seemed an obvious first step, so Carlie invested in the software late last year.  She has since started her PYTHA training, and has kindly offered to share her learning journey with us! Over the next few months, we’ll look over Carlie’s shoulder as she moves from a tried and trusted program to the power of PYTHA. We’ll see how Carlie fits her training in and around her busy work schedule, and see how her PYTHA presentations compare with the end result. As she gets to know the potential of the program, we’ll chat with Carlie about how her existing services will be complemented by this new tool, and see where she envisions her new skillset taking her. Are you ready to come along for the ride? Follow us on facebook to be kept in the...

PYTHA Course at Lidcombe Tafe

Sydney’s Lidcombe TAFE is once again offering a fantastic PYTHA course,  to be delivered by skilled shopfitting and detailed joinery teachers later this month. Both beginner (Part 1) and intermediate (Part 2) courses will be delivered, being ideal for: Employers – upskill your staff Upskill your employees and better support your production processes: course participants will learn how to make the most out of their 3D CAD software, and improve their time efficiency (and your bottom line!). Employees – improve your resume New employers are looking for staff with a wide range of software capabilities.  If you haven’t used PYTHA before, test the waters with this six week course and show your prospective employees you’re eager to learn. Part 1 will commence on Tuesday, 18 October from 5.30pm to 8.30pm (book here), and Part 2 will kick off on Wednesday, 19 October, again with a 5.30pm start (book here).  At only $550 for a six week course, this course is a great investment in your business and/or...

Emerald Shopfitters shine with PYTHA

With over seventeen years of CAD software experience, John Keane knows PYTHA like the back of his hand, and has learned how to use the software to its full potential in his successful Melbourne shopfitting business. Experienced staff and state-of-the-art machinery help to ensure Emerald Shopfitters complete their projects on-time and within budget, and to the high standards they are renowned for.  Using PYTHA software streamlines the company processes and maximises job profitability: with the ability to produce well annotated shop drawings, cutting lists and plot sheets, along with full connectivity to CNC machinery, Emerald Shopfitters can get their projects from planning stage to production without a hiccup. The team’s proficiency with PYTHA also allows the company to deliver more than just a ‘supply and install’ service; with outstanding 2D and 3D design presentations, Emerald Shopfitters can offer clients a complete design consultancy.  3D modelling and walk-through technology ensure the clients can fully visualise their proposed interior space, eliminating confusion and room for costly errors. Why PYTHA? With such a long history with PYTHA software, John certainly knows his way around the program, but he has realised the importance of exploring other options over the years; John invested in an alternative software program a couple of years ago – although its capabilities were similar to PYTHA, it was just too hard to learn. He returned to PYTHA with a greater appreciation for both the premium quality of the end product and its relatively easy learning curve. Of course John isn’t the only PYTHA user at Emerald Shopfitters, so he has long since recognised how critical this ease of use...