The following projects are underway to improve current units of competency, skill sets and qualifications. The Government allocates projects to Industry Reference Committees, based on advice in the annual IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work. On behalf of the IRCs, Skills Impact manages the projects.
Projects are established only when a Case For Change has been approved by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC), as outlined in the National Schedule. Following this approval, Skills Impact and the relevant IRC take the project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.
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This project is underway to review occupational skills standards and units of competency to improve safety, quality and consistency in the delivery of equine training. It will impact the ACM Animal Care and Management; AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, and Conservation and Land Management; AMP Australian Meat Processing; and RGR Racing Training Packages.
Consultation is underway to ensure units of competency from the RGR Racing Training Package are up to date and encapsulate racing integrity and animal welfare skills and knowledge critical to the industry.
Forest Management and Harvesting IRC
Units of competency from the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package are being reviewed and updated in line with current forest harvesting optimisation technology and the impact on processes.
Rural and Related IRC
Relevant veterinary nursing units of competency and qualifications within the ACM10 Animal Care and Management Training Package are being reviewed to ensure they reflect the current occupational skill standards and needs of industry.
Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC
A project is underway to review and align existing retail baking units of competency, skills sets and qualifications from the FDF10 Food Processing Training Package, to industry defined occupational standards.
A project is underway to transfer units of competency and qualifications currently in the ZRG05 Ricegrowers’ Co-operative Limited Enterprise Training Package to the FDF Food Processing Training Package.
Cross Sector Projects
Many of the skills most valued by industry apply in multiple sectors of Australia’s economy. The AISC has identified seven cross-sector skills areas where opportunities exist to create flexible and transferable units of competency, skill sets and qualifications that will benefit industry, learners and the broader VET sector.
Skills Impact is collaborating with the AISC, the Australian Department of Education and Training, Industry Reference Committees, Skills Service Organisations and other stakeholders to lead two of these projects.
Environmental Sustainability Skills
The Environmental Sustainability Skills project will use research and consultation to identify skills needs that are shared by multiple industry sectors in relation to environmentally sustainable products, manufacturing, whole of life cycle management and sustainable energy production. The project will generate a Case for Change, which will include recommendations for the development and modification of relevant units of competency, skill sets and qualifications.
Note: this project was previously called the ‘Green Skills Project’
The Automation Skills project will use research and consultation to identify skills needs that are shared by multiple industry sectors in relation to automated processes. The project will generate a Case for Change, which will include recommendations for the development and modification of relevant units of competency, skill sets and qualifications.
Other Cross Sector Projects
The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) has identified six other across-industry projects, which are being managed by other government-appointed Skills Service Organisations. These projects will examine the workforce skilling implications of:
- Big data skills – visit PwC Skills for Australia for more information
- Coding skills – visit IBSA Manufacturing for more information
- Consumer engagement through social and online media – visit Skills IQ for more information
- Cyber security – visit PwC Skills for Australia for more information
- Supply chain skills – visit Australian Industry Standards for more information
- Team work and communication – visit PwC Skills for Australia for more information