COVID-19, Bushfire, Drought and Floods

Our thoughts are with our stakeholders who are still being impacted by the bushfires, 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.

Have Your Say on Final Draft Skills Standards

Your views have been collected on draft units, skill sets and qualifications for sectors including horticulture, nursery and merchandising. This feedback has been incorporated into the final draft documents which are now available for your review and comment. Do these drafts accurately describe your industry’s work practices and job roles?

Following up on Updated Baking Qualifications

Skills Impact recently surveyed registered training organisations (RTOs) on their experiences transitioning to the new baking qualifications. The information from this survey supported the next step of a teleconference to connect training providers to share their ideas and challenges. It also helped inform our submission to the Government about a nationally consistent approach to the development of delivery and assessment materials. Retail baking qualifications, skill sets and units were reviewed as part of a national project in 2016. The revised … Read More

New Units for Advanced Wine Operations Skills on the Way

“The wine industry is constantly evolving and it still relies on some old world techniques blended with the newest technologies. With these new technologies come new challenges and requirements for staff understanding and competencies. These revised qualification is a start to enhance the skills and knowledge of our workforce and therefore in the Australian wine industry overall.” Michael Horley, Packaging Technical Trainer, Casella Family Brands Visit the project page  

Register for a Consultation Workshop for Food & Beverage Processing Skills

Work is underway to review and update units and qualifications in food and beverage processing, so that they reflect new innovations, products and processes adopted by industry over the past decade. Drafts of the updated documents will be made available in early 2020 for broad stakeholder feedback. You’re invited to register for a face-to-face consultation workshop or webinar, so that you can discuss the draft documents with the project team and other members of your industry when they become available. Visit … Read More

Skills Impact Year in Review

It’s been another fascinating year working with you all to understand the innovations and changing ways of work in your industries. Skills Impact is fortunate to have a role that supports us to collaborate with industry, the government and training providers in this unique space. Through our combined efforts, in 2018-19 we have: Managed 32 projects to improve national skills standards & qualifications Developed eight Skills Forecasts to identify future skills needs and solutions Supported 12 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to engage with over … Read More

Additional New Units in Conservation & Land Management

During initial consultation on the draft units and qualifications for conservation and land management, it became evident that there was a need for new units to capture skills standards in a range of industry sub-sectors. These additional new units are now available for you to view and comment on. Feedback on all draft units and qualifications for this project will be open until 31 January, so that thorough feedback can be recieved. Visit the project page

Feedback on Proposed Changes to Pet Care & Animal Training Qualifications

Consultation and research during the planning stage of this project has indicated that current qualifications do not meet industry needs and require restructuring. Proposed changes to qualifications in animal studies, companion animals, pet grooming, and animal control and regulation have been described in a discussion paper, which we are seeking feedback on. Your feedback on the proposed changes will inform work on draft qualifications, which will be made available for review and comment in February 2020. Visit the project page

Australian Training Awards Finalists & Winners

Each year the Australian Training Awards recognise and celebrate individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contributions to the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. This year, some of the Skills Impact team attended the awards, where they caught up with finalists and winners from the industries we work with, some of whom have been directly involved in projects to update skills standards in their sector. Read more about these amazing teachers, trainers, students and trainees below.

Stephen Witkowski: Trainee of the Year Winner

“I have a great appreciation for the importance of continuous training and updating skills to ensure career growth and development. Therefore, I am currently looking into a Certificate IV in Aquaculture, or other related certificates.” This passion for learning has put Stephen in good stead for progressing his career. He was a well-qualified candidate when a position in the Environments Department arose at Tassal. However, Stephen stresses that the real advantage of his qualifications, is how they have equipped him … Read More

Kristy McDermott: Vocational Student of the Year Award Runner-up

“Now that my business is up and running, I’m excited to get out into remote communities and share the  knowledge I have with people. I want to show them what they can grow in their environment. I also want to learn from people in those remote environments and learn more about bush tucker, because they’re the ones with the knowledge.” For anyone thinking of pursuing a career through training in the VET sector, Kristy says it can give you not … Read More

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