Rice Processing Project

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Case for change

This project will transfer units of competency and qualifications currently in the ZRG05 Ricegrowers’ Co-operative Limited Enterprise Training Package to the FDF Food Processing Training Package and develop new skills sets.

Projects are established only when a Case For Change has been approved by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC), in line with the National Schedule. Following this approval, Skills Impact and the IRC take the Training Package Project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

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Project overview

Project Scope

The Government has determined that all enterprise Training Packages should be archived. Included in this process is the ZRG05 Ricegrowers’ Co-operative Limited Enterprise Training Package. This will have an adverse impact on the rice industry as access to nationally endorsed training will not be available.

The single rice processor in Australia is SunRice making them the key stakeholder. SunRice is a significant organisation in Australia comprising of 10 business entities employing 2,100 staff. In 2016 244,184 tonnes of rice were harvested contributing to a revenue of $1.3 billion.

To ensure the Training Package meets industry’s needs and expectations, the proposed components to be transferred to the FDF Food Processing Training Package will require significant review and development of skills sets.

The required work includes:

  • 3 qualifications
  • 20 units of competency
  • 2 new skill sets

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Timeline

Feb 2017
Initial Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) scoping meeting
Review process commencement

Mar 2017
Industry consultation

Jul 2017
Industry validation via Skills Impact website
Finalisation of Training Package components with TAC review

Aug 2017
Independent Quality Assurance and Access and Equity review of training package components
IRC sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Methodology
  1. Expertise input and consultation
  2. Training Package component drafting
  3. Industry validation
  4. Independent quality assurance and access and equity review
  5. IRC Sign-off
  6. Submission for endorsement to the AISC

 

Project Team
Colin Abbott Industry Facilitation Manager, Skills Impact cabbott@skillsimpact.com.au
Tom Vassallo Industry Skills Standards Manager, Skills Impact tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au
Ron Barrow Skills Development Specialist, Nestor Consulting

 

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Membership
Darren Rutter SunRice
Derek Liu SunRice
Maria Ryan SunRice
Sharon Bloomfield SunRice
Virginia Franco Riverina TAFE
Ben Harrison SunRice
Glenn Newman SunRice
Joe Trevaskis SunRice

Development

After extensive research and consultation with Subject Matter Experts from SunRice, the project team developed a proposed Certificate III in Rice Processing and 13 rice processing units of competency. Industry feedback indicated that the existing Certificate I and II in Food Processing in the FDF10 Food Processing Training Package meet the entry level requirements for rice processing skills and knowledge. Therefore, advice from industry was that the expired Certificates I and II in rice processing did not need to be redeveloped.

Consultation commenced in February 2017, a workforce functional analysis (WFA) was undertaken at SunRice Deniliquin plant with technical experts to identify the current work functions, work flows and job roles undertaken in the rice processing industry. The preliminary WFA was reviewed by Skills Impact and the SunRice team to group the skills and knowledge into draft units of competency and qualifications that reflected contemporary job roles.

Between April and June, a series of meetings were held with SunRice technical experts that included more WFA visits at two Rice Processing plants, which resulted in a draft qualification and units of competency. These materials have been reviewed again by the project team and are now ready for broader stakeholder consultation and validation. Skills Impact would like to thank SunRice for their contribution to this project.

 

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Validation

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the final draft Certificate III in Rice Processing and 13 rice processing units of competency. The consultation period for this validation stage of the project is now closed.

The final drafts have been forwarded to the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for sign off. After final quality assurance of the drafts, they will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Validation means checking or proving that something is logically and factually accurate. Industry views were sought on whether the draft units and qualifications reflected the current occupational skill standards and needs of industry. The final draft units, skill sets and qualifications that were available for industry validation are listed below.

 

Units of Competency

FDGR2*** Operate a rice vitamin enrichment process
 FDFGR3*** Conduct rice harvest receivals
 FDFGR3*** Implement a rice hulling and separation process
 FDFGR3*** Implement a paddy receival and grain cleaning process
 FDFGR3***Implement a rice blending and cleaning process
 FDFGR3*** Implement a rice colour sorting process
 FDFGR3***Implement a rice flour blending and cleaning process
 FDFGR3*** Implement a rice flour break process
 FDFGR3*** Implement a flour grading process
 FDFGR3*** Implement a rice grading process
 FDFGR3*** Implement a rice product manufacturing process
 FDFGR3*** Implement a rice seed preparation and storage system
 FDFGR3*** Implement a rice whitening process

 

Qualification

FDF***** Certificate III in Rice Processing

 

 

 

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Finalisation

The final draft Certificate III in Rice Processing and 13 rice processing units of competency are currently being finalised prior to undergoing an independent Edit and Equity and Quality Assurance process. Once these processes have been completed, the qualification and units will be forwarded to the State/Territory Training Authorities (STAs/TTAs) to seek their support.

Comments from the STAs/TTAs will be reviewed before the final drafts are forwarded to the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee (IRC). After consideration and signoff by the IRC, the final drafts will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) as part of a Case for Endorsement, for consideration.

The Case for Endorsement will provide the AISC with a rationale for approving the final draft qualification and units. It will provide information about what changes have been made to the Training Package including, where relevant, information on new or updated units and qualifications. It will also outline who has been consulted and provided feedback throughout the project, why the changes were made, and what the implications of the changes are.

A Companion Volume Implementation Guide is also being produced as part of this project. It will contain key information to help registered training organisations (RTOs) implement the units, skill sets and qualifications, including the key work and training requirements in the industry; regulation and licensing implications for implementation; pathways advice; industry sectors and occupational outcomes of qualification; and advice on workplace health and safety implications.

Once forwarded to the relevant IRCs and STAs/TTAs, final drafts of the documentation will be made available below.

 

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Release

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