COVID-19, Bushfire, Drought and Floods

Our thoughts are with our stakeholders who are still being impacted by the bushfires, drought and floods in Australia and now COVID-19. Information about available assistance can be found at the FarmHub website. Skills Impact operations and activities continue during these challenging times, with necessary adjustments to our consultation activities. Stakeholder availability is limited and we are following all government mandates and recommendations in relation to COVID-19, with all staff working from home on an ongoing basis. Our interactions are now only by email, phone, video conferencing and the feedback hub. Please continue to feel free to contact us by these methods. Your feedback and input to improve national qualifications and skills standards is most welcome. Read more.

Project to Support Optimisation of Log Production

Industry has identified the need to update occupational skills standards in line with current forest harvesting optimisation processes and technologies. This was outlined as one of the key skills priorities in the Four Year Work Plan, which is due to be submitted to the AISC by the end of September 2016. The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) have asked the Forest, Wood and Timber Products Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to develop a Business Case to provide evidence of the feasibility of this … Read More

Proposed Improvements to Support Greater Safety in Equine Training

Thank you to everybody who provided feedback on the Discussion Paper for Equine, Safety in Training. The relevant Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) have drawn on this feedback to develop a Business Case for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The IRCs are seeking feedback on the draft Business Case up until Monday 17 October. The Business Case provides evidence of the feasibility for the following work to take place. Modifications to 153 relevant units of competency to incorporate safety, quality and consistency concepts. Development of three to … Read More

Review of Rural and Related Skills Committee

The Rural and Related Industry Reference Committee for skills (IRC) is currently being reviewed in a process established by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) on behalf of the Australian Government. This committee, on behalf of industry, is responsible for overseeing the development of occupational and skills standards, and qualifications in the following industry training packages. AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package ACM10 Animal Care and Management Training Package It is proposed that industry is … Read More

Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC Membership – Nominations Now Open

Industry has the opportunity to nominate to be a member of the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for skills. The Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC for skills, on behalf of industry, is responsible for overseeing  the development of occupation and skill standards and qualifications that make up the FDF10 Food Processing Training Package. The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) is calling for nominations for the following vacant positions: 5 Individual industry expert positions 2 positions from … Read More

Minor Updates to the AHC Training Package

Minor updates have been made to the AHC training package, following feedback from industry about errors within units and qualifications. It follows consultation with the Department of Education and Training to find a fast simple resolution to fix some problems. Many of these errors originated from the training package that was prepared in 2015 under the previous model for training package development, and endorsed by the AISC earlier this year. These updates have resulted in the minor release of AHC … Read More

Safety, Quality and Consistency in the Delivery of Equine Training

Skills Impact has been asked by the AISC to seek guidance with the relevant IRCs to progress a process that will allow industry to discuss, formulate and agree to changes required to skills standards and qualifications to improve safety, quality and consistency in the delivery of equine training. A discussion paper is currently available for industry feedback on the Skills Impact website. Feedback will determine the content of a business case, to inform whether work on the relevant skills standards … Read More

Documenting Opportunities for Future Training Package Components

Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) are responsible for planning the work that will occur in the upcoming years to skill standards and qualifications for their industry. Each IRC develops a Four Year Work Plan to provide notice to industry, training providers and the system about what is being considered for future development. The Draft Four Year Work Plans for each industry sector have been available on the Skills Impact website for the past month and the feedback period has now closed. … Read More

Audits to Training Package Components

Skills Impact currently has a funded activity order to audit 984 Units of Competency across a number of training packages. Work is underway to make changes to these units to make sure they comply with the 2012 National Skills Standards Policy. Work is currently underway on units within the following training packages: Seafood Units of Competency Animal Care and Management Units of Competency Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Units of Competency

Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Training Package Improvements

The following projects are underway for the FDF Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Training Package: Clarification of outstanding issues relating to retail baking qualifications. Clarification and resolution of issues relating to the food science and technology qualifications. Development of a market intelligence report for the pharmaceutical sector in Australia and potential business case for the review of relevant training package components.

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