COVID-19, Bushfire, Drought and Floods

Our thoughts are with our stakeholders who are still being affected by the impact of bushfire, 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.

Indigenous Methods Included in TAFE Conservation & Land Management Course

A story featured by ABC last week highlights the work of Nyungar elder Clint Hansen, who is demonstrating the value of Indigenous regenerative land management principles for helping western agriculture and conservation move into the future. Indigenous conservation methods and western agricultural practices will be combined in a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management, which Hansen is teaching through Geraldton’s Central Regional TAFE and Batavia Coast Maritime Institute. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by working alongside the owners of … Read More

Green Walls and Rooftop Gardens Units and Skill Sets Available for Validation

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the units and skill sets developed for constructing, designing and maintaining roof gardens, vertical gardens and green facades. As a result of issues raised by the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping and Conservation and Land Management IRC, additional work has been carried out so that the skills for design and construction of green infrastructure could be described appropriately. Industry feedback has been used to inform further updates to the drafts, which are now available for … Read More

New Projects Approved for 2020-21

We are excited about commencing work on new projects that have just been approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Council (AISC). The AISC are in the process of considering the projects submitted by IRCs in this year’s Annual Updates to the Skills Forecasts. So far, the following projects have been approved for the agriculture, horticulture, animal care, meat, racing and breeding industries. Proposed projects for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical, forestry and timber, and pulp and paper industries will be considered by … Read More

Skills Impact’s Program to Support VET Reform

There has been much discussion over the past 12 months about ways the VET system can be improved, with the Government drafting a VET Reform Roadmap and offering the opportunity to provide feedback on the topic, including to its Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package. To support this, Skills Impact is undertaking further qualitative and quantitative research to describe the issues important to our stakeholders, and offering some solutions to improve the VET System.   Our work in this space is in … Read More

Presentation at NCVER’s ‘No Frills’ Conference

Last week, several Skills Impact staff attending the very well run virtual conference ‘No Frills’ by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). There were many interesting presentations, including by Key Note Speakers Senator The Hon Michaelia Cash, Adam Boyton, National Skills Commissioner; Tracey Horton AO Chair of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee. A key theme was the need for VET to respond to the COVID-19 economic crisis, with Michaelia Cash stating “We now have a shared opportunity … Read More

TVET World eConference

The TVET World eConference is taking place 28-30 July 2020, focussing on “Challenges Facing Vocational Education and Training”. The event will showcase 25 experts who will share how TVET is developed around the world, including researchers and practitioners from the United Kingdom, France, Chile, United States, Nigeria, South Africa and Malaysia. Skills Impact CEO, Michael Hartman will speak about some of the key insights and findings out of our work to Support the VET Reform. The event is being organised by … Read More

Cross Sector Infection Control Unit + Skill Set

To support Australian business to stay open and keep workers COVID-19 safe, a new Cross Sector Infection Control unit and skill set has been released by the Australian Government. The new unit and skill set has been designed for all industries, and complement the existing skill sets for Retail, Food Handling and Transport and Logistics. The new cross sector infection control unit and skill set were developed in close consultation with industry and will help minimise the risk of spreading … Read More

Industry Associations & Unions Invited to Comment on Digital Transformation

With the global COVID-19 pandemic accelerating existing trends in digital transformation, the VET sector has a vital role to play in supporting Australian industry and the nation’s workforce. We encourage you to take part in a survey to help shape the Digital Transformation Expert Panel’s advice to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The Panel has been formed to provide advice on how the VET system “can most effectively respond to digital change underway across industry and its impact on the nation’s workforce”. The survey is … Read More

How has COVID-19 impacted training or skills requirements in your industry?

Feedback Invited on Critical Skills Opportunities for workers to rapidly reskill or upskill are crucial to strengthen Australia’s economy. To address this, the AISC is seeking feedback on opportunities to better support workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19 to obtain critical skills. Submit your feedback

One Step Closer to New Skills Standards for Working with Fishtech & Crocodiles

Many industry experts have volunteered their time and expertise to projects to update and improve skills standards for working with fishtech and crocodiles. Thanks to these efforts, the final draft skills standards have now been submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). After the drafts have been considered and then endorsed by the AISC and relevant State/Territory Ministers, they will be published on training.gov.au and will be available for use.   Extended Transition Period For Revised Qualifications In light … Read More

Advanced Wine Operations Skills Standards Published

Thanks to the input of experts across Australia, the coordination and leadership skills that are required of people working in cellar operations and bottling and packaging are now documented in new national units of competency. The new units, a revised Certificate III in Wine Industry Operations and two new skill sets are published on the training.gov.au website, within the FBP Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Training Package. They are available for use by registered training organisations (RTOs). These new units will help … Read More

New Meat Industry Skills Projects Approved

The AISC has considered projects that were proposed in the Annual Update to Skills Forecast submitted earlier this year. As a result, the following projects for the meat industry have been approved, in which work will commence in the coming few months.   If you are interested in participating as a subject matter expert for any of these skills, please contact us. There will be several opportunities to feedback on these projects, and other upcoming projects, over the next six months or more, details will … Read More

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Skills Impact acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have been living in and caring for Australia for tens of thousands of years, and this is respected in line with Skills Impact values. We recognise the challenges involved for people who are not related to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders to understand the importance of their connection to Country. Skills Impact seeks and relies on guidance from Indigenous people in our work.