Our Role Establishing Skills Insight JSC

Skills Impact held a Skills Service Organisation (SSO) role between 2016 and 2022. In 2023 we established one of ten Job and Skills Councils (JSCs), after a submission to move into the role was backed by over 200 letters of support from a broad range of industry stakeholders. This new JSC, Skills Insight, has a broader scope to deliver outcomes that support a responsive VET system and a skilled and resilient national workforce. The industry coverage of Skills Insight is similar to our past coverage as a Skills Service Organisation.

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Pharmaceutical GMP Units Published

Skills in Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) are critical to producing high quality and consistent pharmaceutical products. Feedback from industry indicated that some of the national units of competency used to train learners in pharmaceutical GMP were not accurate to current job functions and work environments.

Provide Input on New Agribusiness, Food and Fibre Industries Skills Report

Collaboration has taken place across 12 Industry Reference Committees to compile the Agribusiness, Food and Fibre Industries Skills Report. The first of its kind, the report attempts to identify common issues experienced across the Agribusiness, Food and Fibre industries. The report identifies key characteristics of these industries as: whole of value chain approach biosecurity, invasive species and pest control sustaining plants and animals ecosystem management digital and automation practices food safety, quality assurance and regulatory compliance farm and value chain risk, … Read More

Draft skills standards for sawmilling and timber processing and for responding and assisting in bushfires available for validation

Your feedback on draft skills standards for sawmilling and timber processing and responding and assisting in bushfires has been collected and used to inform further updates to the draft qualifications, skill sets and units are now available for validation. Based on your feedback during the ‘Drafts Available’ stage: the draft tree hazard and health assessment unit has been re-coded and re-named to better represent its purpose and skill level an additional tree hazard assessment unit has been drafted to address … Read More

Water Allocation & Entitlements Skills Project Being Finalised

Unique skills are required by Australian farmers and irrigators to effectively work with Australia’s various water markets. Consultation has taken place throughout this project to develop national skills standards to support the skills farmers and those with water entitlements require to correctly engage with water trading processes, including the purchase and selling of water, navigating carry over water or continuous accounting options and how to procure, receive and monitor water. Your feedback to date has indicated minor changes are required to … Read More

Still Time to Provide Feedback on Respect for Country Job Skills Project

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures have developed skills and knowledge for land and sea management activities over thousands of years. Some of these crucial skills are described in nationally endorsed qualifications, skill sets and units that are used to equip leaners for jobs in ecosystem management, conservation, environmental and cultural analysis, and ranger occupations, as well as roles preparing regulatory, government or legislative reports.

Have Your Say on Draft Diploma of Community Coordination and Facilitation and Units

The qualifications and skills standards that describe the skills required for the core work functions across Australia’s agriculture, horticulture, conservation and land management industry are being reviewed. Feedback received on initial draft qualifications, skill sets and units indicated that further input is required for the Diploma of Community Coordination and Facilitation and some of the units within it. Originally proposed for deletion, the qualification and units have been reviewed and updated at the request of key industry stakeholders and based on … Read More

Smart and Skilled: Add a Qualification to the NSW Skills List

The NSW Department of Education is inviting industry to add qualifications to the NSW Skills List for Smart and Skilled Funding by 5pm Friday 8th April 2022. The Skills List identifies the vocational education and training (VET) qualifications eligible for a government subsidy under Smart and Skilled. The purpose of this process is to ensure the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled program is helping to meet the skills needs of NSW. The Application needs to be submitted via the online … Read More

ITABs: What Are They and What Do They Do?

The next instalment of our Industry Training Advisory Bodies (ITABs) feature focuses on Queensland. Read last month’s about what an ITAB is and what they do. Queensland Industry Skills Advisors ITABs take many forms, and in Queensland, it is the Queensland Industry Skills Advisors (ISAs) that advise the Queensland Government. ISAs work is aligned to the Skills for Queensland – Great Training for quality jobs priorities, of employment, small business, and regional skills needs. As with the WA ITAB profiled in February, … Read More

Tocal College Supporting Agricultural Careers for Over 55 years

Tocal College in the Lower Hunter Valley in NSW is on the land of the Wonnarua people. Tocal means ‘plenty’ or ‘big’, which fits perfectly with Tocal’s agricultural aims and its status as one of the largest and most diverse agricultural colleges and RTOs in Australia. With just 14 students, Tocal College was opened by Sir Robert Menzies, the then-Prime Minister of Australia, in 1965. Today there are more than 220 graduates per year and over 4,000 participants in its skills training … Read More

What Does NCVER Research Tell Us About Our Industries?

According to the NCVER data there were 22,630 people who had commenced an apprenticeship or traineeship in the Australian agribusiness, food and fibre industries from early 2020 to June 2021. This was an increase of 3,255 new trainees or apprentices (or an increase of 65 percent) in the June quarter compared to the same period in 2020. In the June quarter 2021, 1,200 learners completed their courses, which was an increase of 19.4% on the June 2020 period.   Why … Read More

Apprentice and Trainee Commencements Climb

Latest data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show apprentice and trainee commencements grew nationally to 47,785 (or by 114.0%) in the June quarter 2021 compared with the same quarter in 2020. The rise in the June quarter continues the trend from the previous two quarters in which commencements increased by 40% from the March quarter 2020 to 2021 and by 150% from the December quarter 2019 to 2020. The increase in the June quarter was reported … Read More

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Skills Impact Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation with a charitable purpose of Advancing Education. Skills Impact acknowledges the previous support of the Commonwealth which assisted in establishing this website.

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.