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Provide Your Feedback: Priority Skills for Food, Beverage & Pharmaceutical Industry

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We are seeking your feedback on the draft 2018–2021 Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work.

IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work identify skills gaps, emerging skills needs and associated training needs for industry and determine whether there is a need to change training packages (i.e. units of competency, skill sets and qualifications). The documents propose a plan for reviewing and developing the relevant units, skill sets and qualifications, which is then submitted from the IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for their consideration and approval. (The AISC advises Commonwealth and State Industry and Skills Ministers on the implementation of national vocational education and training policies, and approves nationally recognised training packages).

Feedback is being collected over a four week period, up until 16 April 2018. To download the draft document and provide your feedback, please click on the button below.

We are seeking your feedback on the priority skills for your industry, including skills gaps within national training packages, i.e. units of competency, skill sets and qualifications. Feedback about skill shortages is not required unless they are caused by deficiencies in training delivery or issues with current units of competency, skill sets and qualifications.

Priority Skills that have been identified include:

Industry Specific

  • Bioprocessing Technologies
  • Artisanal cheese-making
  • Brewing and distilling
  • Food and beverage fermentation
  • Pharmaceutical auditing and compliance skills

Cross-Sector Issues

  • Automation/Digitalisation in pharmaceutical, food and beverage manufacturing processes
  • Sustainability/ energy consumption
  • Traceability, supply chain management and food fraud
  • Innovation in product development and food packaging
  • Work health and safety (WHS)
  • Higher-level strategic planning and management skills across the food and beverage industry

Online sales and customer service skills for the food processing industry

 

The IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work will be submitted from the IRC to the AISC Secretariat in April. The information will be used to update the AISC National Schedule of training package development projects.
Note: The IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work was previously called the IRC Four Year Work Plan.