Advanced Wine Operations Skills Project

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Case for change

The previous Wine Operations Project (2017-2018) involved the review and update of wine industry related units of competency and qualifications to reflect changing industry skills requirements, especially in the area of technology. Towards the end of the project it became apparent that the existing Certificate III in Wine Industry Operations allowed for a high number of units that reflect Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 2 to be undertaken and as such it did not reflect the level of skill expected of someone with this qualification.

Further consultation revealed that several of these level 2 units were still required to address essential skills. As a result, industry requested further development to address these skills at the higher Certificate III level. As this could not be accommodated within the approved scope and timeline of the original project, this additional project was proposed.

The areas proposed for development address skills in operating automated processes and performing more complex tasks relating to cellar operations in winemaking.

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) approved this project via a Case for Change submitted by Skills Impact in 2018 on behalf of the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Sector IRC.

Skills Impact and the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

 

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Project Plan

Getting wine into domestic and international markets requires the input of a team of skilled people, particularly when it comes to large scale businesses. While the title of winemaker is usually reserved for someone with a university degree, getting wine out into the world requires the contribution of a range of individuals with different levels of skill and knowledge. This includes expertise across viticulture, bottling and packaging, customer service, wine evaluation and people planning and logistics.

In 2018, Skills Impact undertook a project in consultation with wine industry representatives and training organisations to review Certificates II and III in Wine Industry Operations and their related units of competency. Towards the end of the project, it became clear that this project would not be able to cover the more complex equipment and systems becoming standard for wine production, bottling and packaging. As a result, this additional project has been proposed to ensure these skills are addressed at the correct level, supporting job roles and strengthening career pathways within the wine industry.

Increased automation is changing the way work is done in the wine industry, both in cellar operations and in packaging. The wine operations industry typically relies heavily on a highly skilled permanent workforce that is supplemented by a large proportion of itinerant workers during harvest and vintage. These itinerant workers are vital to the success of most large scale wineries, and require training, coordination and leadership to develop and perform to the levels of skill demanded by the industry. Therefore, this project is required to address both increased automation and leadership and coordination in the wine industry.

Project Scope

A workforce functional analysis, including several site visits to large scale wineries has identified the following eight new units of competency to be developed, to address skills and knowledge required by wine industry workers in cellar operations and packaging. These units will be added as electives in the existing FBP30918 Certificate III in Wine Industry Operations:

  • Coordinate a wine operations process – Vintage
  • Coordinate a wine operations process – Clarification
  • Coordinate a wine operations process – Filtration
  • Coordinate a wine operations process – General Cellar
  • Coordinate a wine operations process – Packaging
  • Schedule, prepare and apply additions and finings
  • Operate an automated packing process
  • Operate an automated palletising process

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Relevant Occupations

These new units are targeted to the following roles:

  • Cellar operations leading hands
  • Cellar operations workers
  • Bottling and packaging leading hands
  • Bottling and packing workers
Project Team
Tom VassalloIndustry Skills Standards Manager, Skills Impacttvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au
Julie StratfordIndustry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact jstratford@skillsimpact.com.au

Timeline

August 2019
Initial scoping

August – September 2019
Development of draft skill units

September 2019
Drafts available for broad consultation

October 2019
Validation of final drafts

November 2019
Finalisation of Training Package components

December 2019
Submission for endorsement

Subject Matter Experts

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

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 tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au

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 on first drafts are expected to occur in September 2019 and validation of final drafts is currently planned for October 2019. The units need to reflect real work experience in order to ensure training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. As such, your feedback is welcome at any time, to assist in the development of appropriate draft documents.

If you work in the sector, Skills Impact would appreciate your input. Register your interest to receive project updates and information about consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the project manager, Tom Vassallo on 03 9321 3526 or tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au

Development

To keep up with the domestic and international demand of Australian wines, the operations of large-scale wineries is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Automation is changing the way work is done, with more complex equipment and systems now standard practice. The skills requirements of people working in cellar operations and bottling and packaging are being identified to incorporate these into the national skills standards.

Several visits to large scale wineries in Griffith, NSW and Barossa, SA took place in August 2019 to undertake worksite functional analysis. At these visits, the unique work functions of cellar operations workers and bottling and packing workers were observed to identify the skills standards that are required. Subject Matter Experts have also been engaged to provide advice and support in drafted revised units of competency.

As a result of workforce functional analysis and consultation with wineries and Subject Matter Experts it became apparent that leadership and coordination skills to oversee diverse teams and processes is also needed. Therefore, the following units are being drafted.

  • FBPCEL3019 Prepare and apply additions and finings
  • FBPCEL4001 Coordinate wine operations vintage processes
  • FBPCEL4002 Coordinate wine operations clarification processes
  • FBPCEL4003 Coordinate wine operations filtration processes
  • FBPCEL4004 Coordinate wine operations general cellar processes
  • FBPBPG3008 Operate an automated carton packing process
  • FBPBPG3009 Operate an automated palletising process
  • FBPBPG4001 Coordinate wine operations packaging processes

It is expected that the drafts units will become available for broad consideration and feedback from 11 September until early October 2019 (under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above). We welcome your feedback and advice on the draft units in this time. There will be the ability to comment on the draft documents via our online feedback tool. There is also the option to provide feedback via a webinar. To register for a webinar, please select one of the options below.

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Drafts Available

To keep up with the domestic and international demand for Australian wines, the operations of large-scale wineries is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Automation is changing the way work is done, with more complex equipment and systems now standard practice. Leading hands also require the skills to coordinate and lead the numerous temporary and casual workers that supplement this workforce during harvest and vintage. The Certificate III in Wine Industry Operations and relevant units of competency has been reviewed to add these advanced skills. they have been drafted with the input of subject matter experts and insights from visits to large scale wineries in Griffith, NSW and Barossa, SA.

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft units of competency and qualification that were made available on this webpage for feedback from 11 September – 3 October 2019. 

During this time, feedback was collected via the online feedback hub, seven consultation webinars and email. The drafts, including any comments made on the feedback hub, are still available for viewing below.

Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which are expected to be available for industry validation in late October 2019. A summary of the feedback and how it was addressed in the final drafts will also be available.

FBP30918 Certificate III in Wine Industry OperationsView qualification

 

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Feedback was sought on whether the draft units reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry. Five of the eight units describe the skills and knowledge required to coordinate several processes and workers. These units reflect Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 4 outcomes and have ‘Coordinate wine operations’ in the unit title. Feedback is requested on whether it is necessary to have prerequisite units for these five units.

FBPBPG3008 Operate an automated carton packing processView unit
FBPBPG3009 Operate an automated palletising processView unit
FBPBPG4001 Coordinate wine operations packaging processesView unit
FBPCEL3019 Prepare and apply complex additions and finingsView unit
FBPCEL4001 Coordinate wine operations vintage processesView unit
FBPCEL4002 Coordinate wine operations clarification processesView unit
FBPCEL4003 Coordinate wine operations filtration processesView unit
FBPCEL4004 Coordinate a wine operations process – general cellar operationsView unit

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Summary of consultation to date

Several visits to large scale wineries in Griffith, NSW and Barossa, SA took place in August 2019 to undertake work site functional analysis. At these visits, the unique work functions of cellar operations workers and bottling and packing workers were observed to identify the skills standards that are required. Subject Matter Experts have also been engaged to provide advice and support to draft the revised units of competency.

The need for this project work came out of consultation during the In 2018 Wine Operations Project, when the Certificates II and III in Wine Industry Operations and their related units of competency were being reviewed. Towards the end of this 2018 project, it became clear that a subsequent project was required to address the more complex equipment and systems becoming standard for wine production, bottling and packaging, to embed these skills at the correct level, strengthening career pathways within the wine industry.

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