Carbon & Agribusiness Management Project

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Case for change

This project is formed as part of two skills priorities that were identified in the 2018-2021 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (see pages 61-62). In addressing these skill needs, this project will identify and fill gaps in current skill sets and units of competency from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package to address skills needs in carbon farming and agribusiness.

Carbon Farming
Carbon farming includes conservation,  land management and farming activities that reduce emissions or sequester carbon dioxide in the landscape. Support from the National Farmers’ Federation for farmers to access the Emissions Reduction Fund, and a growing interest from farmers to diversify farming activities and income, have increased awareness of carbon farming. However, the previously endorsed carbon farming units and skills sets have been superseded, with no replacements. Currently, there is no nationally-endorsed training available for farmers, managers and conservation and land management workers to fill this growing skills gap.

Agribusiness
Australia is experiencing increasing market demands for innovation in product development, to ensure the viability of enterprises and to take advantage of opportunities in the new free trade agreement with Asia Pacific partners. To respond to the dynamic and changing operating environment, with increased competition and opportunities to reach global markets, skills are required in strategic planning, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, online marketing, business development and financial planning. New skills in agricultural innovation strategies, implementation of new products and innovation leadership to lead innovative thinking and practice are also required.

Skills Impact and the Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will take this project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see pages 61-62)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will review and develop agribusiness qualifications, carbon farming skill sets and related units of competency so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.

Carbon farming includes conservation,  land management and farming activities that reduce emissions or sequester carbon dioxide in the landscape. Carbon farming practices are becoming increasingly important, but there are few nationally endorsed units, skill sets or qualifications to support training in this area. There is also a growing interest from farmers, managers and conservation and land management workers in diversifying activities and income through carbon farming practices.

There is also increasing demand for innovation in agricultural product development, and the skills required in strategic planning, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, online marketing, business development and financial planning. New skills in agricultural innovation strategies, implementation of new products and innovation leadership to lead innovative thinking and practice are also required.

Scroll down to view the qualifications, skill sets and units that will be reviewed in this project. They will be incorporated in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

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Relevant Occupations

Rural and regional agribusiness managers (including lending managers, insurance brokers, machinery dealers, chemical resellers, stock agents, grain marketers and real estate agents), agriculture enterprise business managers, production horticulture enterprise business managers, agribusiness administrators.

 

Key Deliverables

Review and development of agribusiness qualifications, carbon farming skill sets and related units of competency.

 

Timeline

August 2018
Initial scoping

September – November 2018
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

November – December 2018
Drafts available for broader consultation

February 2019
Validation of final drafts

March – April 2019
Finalisation of Training Package components

May – June 2019
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

June 2019
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Project Team
Cathy Beven Industry Skills Standards Specialist catherine@skillsimpact.com.au
Andrew Horgan National Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact andrew@skillsimpact.com.au
Kate Vanson National Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact kate@skillsimpact.com.au
Jenni Oldfield Industry Skills Standards Contractor

 

Qualifications, skill sets and units

Below is a list of current qualifications, skill sets and units proposed for revision and development as part of this project.

In preparation for the review of these components, we invite you to provide your input on the current qualifications, skill sets and units. We would like to know what changes or updates should be made to the components so that they meet the skills needs of the industry. Use the links below to view the current components on training.gov.au.

Your feedback will help us in drafting the revised qualifications, skill sets and units.

To provide feedback, please use our feedback form. Alternatively, you can email Cathy Beven catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

Units of competency that may be reviewed as part of this project include (but are not limited to):

 

Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units, skill sets and qualifications.

If you are interested in applying to be a subject matter expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to catherine@skillsimpact.com.au

 

Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations has been identified for this project. Skills Impact will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations during the development of this project to seek their involvement and their views on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units.

If you are aware of an organisation that you think should be involved, please contact the project team to ensure they are contacted by us.

Of course, all and any interested industry participants are encouraged to engage in the consultation of this project, when the draft qualifications, skill sets and units are available for feedback via this webpage and workshops that take place around Australia. Consultation is not limited to the organisations on this list. This list simply helps us to identify those organisations that, because of their industry role, size or specialty, are likely to have a key interest in the development and outcomes of this project.

 

Opportunities for stakeholder input

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout the duration of this project. The documents will be drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur when the draft materials are made available, which is expected to be November – December 2018, and again for validation of final drafts in February 2019. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the qualifications, skill sets and units. It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The qualifications, skill sets and units need to reflect real work experience. So if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would appreciate your input and help. Please feel free to register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the project manager, Cathy on 03 9321 3526 or catherine@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

The Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC will oversee this project, as part of their responsibility to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure the project meets industry stakeholder needs.

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