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AIS – your Industry partner in skills development

As the end of 2017 draws close, and many of you prepare for a well-earned break, I’m reminded of the significant amount of work that has been completed, and is continuing into 2018, to meet the skills needs of the industries we support.

In recent weeks, we’ve commenced the first of a series of Skills Development Workshops which will continue to be offered around the country in early 2018. These interactive workshops provide participants with an overview of the VET system, Training Package updates, and how to engage in the Training Package development process. They conclude with a roundtable discussion on current industry workforce trends and future skills needs. We’ll be providing more information on the workshops, including locations and dates, through upcoming Newsletters and alerts.

We’ve been working hard to make sure we are keeping you updated about all our projects and activities, and by making it easy for you to give feedback. In response to our stakeholders’ suggestions, we have changed the AIS website to make information more accessible. Our stakeholder alert emails are now easier to read and to respond to. We’re always keen to hear from you about other features we can offer or improvements we can make.

We’ve also improved the AIS Projects webpage to provide more information at a glance and to streamline access to all project details.
There are currently 35 active Training Package development projects across the expanse of industries represented by all 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRC). Some projects are moving towards conclusion; more will commence in 2018. Our role at AIS is to support the IRC and to enable industry stakeholders to identify skills needs and ensure that Training Packages are fit for purpose.

During 2017, IRCs have overseen the completion of the following projects which have been endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC):

  • two new Units of Competency for the design, installation & maintenance of battery storage systems for grid connected photovoltaic systems in the Electrotechnology Training Package
  • three new Units of Competency which meet the Fatigue Management accreditation requirements of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) in the TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package
  • transition of the DEF12 Defence Training Package to 2012 Standards for Training Packages
  • the development and review of nine Defence qualifications.

The following projects are in the final stages of preparation for AISC endorsement:

  • Gas Training Package transition to the 2012 Standards for Training Packages
  • Police Training Package review and Hazardous Devices development
  • new Unit of Competency for Rail Safety Communications
  • new Scheduler qualification for Transport & Logistics
  • Yard Operations qualification review for Transport & Logistics.

Projects are continuing in Aviation, Defence, Maritime, Water, Public Safety, Transport & Logistics, Electrotechnology and Gas. We are also working to complete the transition of Electrotechnology, ESI Generation, Transmission Distribution and Rail, and Public Safety Training Packages.

As Robert Adams has mentioned, AIS has been commissioned to lead a Cross Sector Project for Supply Chain Skills. There is major change underway across and within supply chains due to the impact of automation, robotics and big data. This project will review existing Training Packages to identify components suitable for cross-sector use, propose changes to existing Qualifications and Units of Competency where required, and explore the need to create new components to address any identified gaps. A Project Reference Group, which draws its membership from across the IRC network, has been established to oversee the project and will submit the Case for Change to the AISC in late 2017.

It’s been an extremely rewarding 2017 for all of us at AIS in supporting our IRCs, and collaborating widely with other industry stakeholders, on all these projects. We’re looking forward to even more opportunities to work with you in 2018, and to ensure we help deliver Training Packages that meet your needs and those of the industries you work in and represent.

I wish you and your loved ones a happy and prosperous 2018.