Meat Rendering Project

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Case for change

Rendering processes offer a safe and effective way to transform animal by-products into a range of valuable proteins, minerals and oils. Through research and consultation, the Meat IRC has investigated the viability of the Certificate III in Meat Processing (Rendering) to better understand why enrolments in this qualification are declining, while enrolment in individual rendering units are higher. Direct discussions with employers organised through the Australian Renderers Association and with all 17 registered training providers (RTOs) offering the qualification revealed that the qualification does not currently meet industry skill needs.

As part of this project, current units and one qualification will be reviewed, so that they reflect changes in technology and terminology and trends in international markets. In addition, two to three skill sets may need be developed to allow for stand-alone delivery of the rendering units. One new unit of competency may also need to be developed, covering product quality checks. Two units that support the skills required to perform pre-rendering processes using size reduction equipment will also be reviewed, so that these units match current job tasks and the skills required to perform them. The units AMPA2158 Operate hogger and AMPA2159 Operate blow line have been identified as using language and terminology that is no longer used by industry, as well as containing redundant performance criteria that is already covered elsewhere in other units.

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) approved this project out of the 2020 Annual Update to the IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work, submitted by Skills Impact on behalf of the Meat IRC.

The Meat Industry Reference Committee (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.

Skills Impact and MINTRAC will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download Project Proposal (see pages 17-20)

 

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Project Plan

Workers in the meat rendering and pre-rendering sector play a vital role in transforming animal by-products into a range of products used for human and animal consumption, fertiliser and other consumer goods. New technologies and techniques are being used by industry to improve products. Industry feedback has indicated that the national qualification and units of competency that support meat rendering and pre-rendering roles do not reflect the current language, terminology and equipment used.

Rendering plays a vital role in the meat industry, as it turns materials that would otherwise be waste into stable and useable products. This helps manage the environmental impact of meat processing as there is less waste that needs to be disposed of. It is important that the skills required to carry out this work are up to date, to support a sustainable and safe,  meat processing industry.

Project Scope

This project will update the Certificate III in Meat Processing (Rendering) and related units of competency to outline the skills required to work with new technology and equipment and to reflect current terminology. The units for operating a hogger and a blow line, which are contained in Certificate II in Meat Processing (Abattoirs), will also be reviewed.

There is potential to develop a unit to capture the skills required for product quality checks and two or three skills sets to allow for stand-alone delivery of the rendering units contained in the Certificate III in Meat Processing (Rendering).

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Relevant Occupations
  • Rendering Plant Operator
  • Abattoir Labourer
  • Offal Processor
  • Hide Processor
  • Abattoir Packer
Timeline

December 2020
Initial scoping

February 2021
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

March 2021
Drafts available for broad consultation

April 2021
Validation of final drafts

May 2021
Finalisation of Training Package components

June 2021
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

July 2021
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

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 in March 2021 and again for validation of final drafts in April 2021. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the qualification, skill sets and units. It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The qualification, skill sets and units need to reflect real work experience. So if you work in the sector, Skills Impact and MINTRAC welcome your input. 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, Don Jones at djones@mintrac.com.au.

Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations has been identified below for this project and who will be consulted throughout the Project:

  • Ridley
  • Teys Australia
  • Inghams
  • Talloman
  • NH Foods
  • Western T Proteins
  • Peerless
  • MBL Protein
  • Members of the Australian Renderers Association
  • The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC)

Skills Impact working with MINTRAC 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 qualification, skill sets and units. 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.

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 qualification, skill sets and units are available for feedback via this webpage.

Development

Meat rendering techniques promote sustainability and reduce food waste by reusing and repurposing animal by-products. The skills to transform these by-products into goods for human and animal consumption, fertiliser and other uses are being reviewed as part of this project. The national qualification and units of competency for meat rendering are being reviewed alongside industry, so they reflect current practices, technology, equipment and terminology.

A group of industry experts have been engaged to review the Certificate III in Meat Processing (Rendering) and related units. They have looked at the units within the qualification to determine their suitability and that of the qualification to ensure the final products meet the skills requirement needs of job roles in this sector. They are also considering trends in international markets and changes in processes and technology, so that the rendering specific units can be updated to reflect the most current skills requirements. The experts first met in December and again in February for a workforce functional analysis to identify and describe the skills requirements for each function of rendering and pre-rendering meat. The group of industry experts will meet again later in March to consider the updated units and qualification, prior to broad stakeholder consultation.

Development outcomes and next steps

Broad stakeholder consultation is scheduled to commence in April 2021 when draft units will be made available for comment on this webpage. Your input is welcome, please feel free to register your interest to keep informed of project updates and when draft materials are available for feedback.

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