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.
Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC
Units of competency and skill sets for chemical handling are being reviewed to reflect current industry skills standards and practices, ensuring all job functions are accurately described.
Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC
Animal Care and Management IRC
The farriery qualification and units of competency are being updated to ensure all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.
Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC
Working concurrently with the Food Science and Technology and the Wine Operations projects, 38 ‘cross-sector’ units of competency are being reviewed to ensure current knowledge and skill requirements are clearly identified and accurately reflect current industry practice.
Units of competency, skill sets and qualifications in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry are being reviewed to reflect current skills standards and practices, ensuring all job functions are accurately described.
This 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.
Forest Management and Harvesting IRC
Units of competency are being reviewed and updated in line with current forest harvesting optimisation technology and the impact on processes.
Units of competency are being updated to encapsulate racing integrity and animal welfare skills and knowledge critical to the industry.
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.
This project will 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. A Case for Change will be generated, including recommendations for the development and modification of relevant units of competency, skill sets and qualifications.
This project will identify skills needs that are shared by multiple industry sectors in relation to automated processes. A Case for Change will be generated, including 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