Job roles and products in the pulp and paper manufacturing sector have evolved over the past ten years, driven by developments in science, technology and consumer preferences. The COVID-19 pandemic, which saw record demand for products such as toilet paper, tissues, medical, sanitary and packaging products, has reinforced the need for a skilled workforce in this sector.
Draft qualifications, skill sets and units have been developed with the help of industry volunteers, so that they reflect these developments. They are available for your feedback, to make sure the drafts match current job roles, terminology, equipment and practices. Five online consultation sessions have taken place to collect feedback. If you missed these, there is still time to have your say via our online feedback hub or email.
The qualifications have been revised and reconfigured, consolidating the number of qualifications from seven to four by combining each of the Certificate II, III and IV level qualifications. Each merged qualification reflects core skills in work health and safety, quality assurance and problem solving, as well as offering elective units in other specialist and general areas.
The units have been streamlined to reduce duplication and reflect job roles. Units have also been updated and developed to incorporate emerging technologies associated with bio-processing, recovered paper and de-inking.
For more information and the chance to have your say, visit the project webpage.