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Australian Industry Standards commitment to industry engagement includes consultation with training providers who are at the coalface of Vocational Education and Training.
These activities are aimed at gathering information and intelligence for feedback to the Industry Reference Committees we support, helping guide Training Package development work and improve training outcomes.
AIS recently visited the College of Electrical Training (CET) in WA and were impressed with the college’s facilities, as well as its innovative training & assessment methods.
CET delivers prevocational, post trade and apprenticeship training. It operates from two campuses: Jandakot, which was opened in 2008 and its purpose-built Joondalup Campus, which opened in June 2013.
The Electrotechnology Industry Reference Committee (IRC) Skills Forecast reported that consumer behaviour is changing the sector as customers now demand more control over systems such as metering, billing, payments, as well as pricing. Homes and businesses are now using new integrated technologies to control all aspects of the physical world. The Internet of Things (IoT), for example, is seeing consumers use their smart phones to control and integrate their IT systems, security and intercoms, climate control and electrical services from one central system.
Consumer behaviour driven by new technology changes further increases competition within the market as companies compete for more efficient and user-friendly devices and management systems.
According to Mr Carl Copeland, General Manager of the College of Electrical Training, CET continues to be at the forefront of innovative training practices in meeting current & future skill needs of electrical apprentices in WA.
“CET’s close relationship with industry in Western Australia ensures our training is constantly adapting to reflect the rapid changes in technology and consumer behaviour and remains relevant to industry’s changing needs.”
Mr Copeland says “the Internet of Things (IOT) is no longer just a buzzword – it’s the future, here, now. We can ensure that the electrician of today is best placed to be a part of this future by ensuring that they’ve had the latest training and carry the credentials to give them the edge.
Whether it’s being NBN ready, upgrading installations, or building the ultimate man cave – demand for network cabling is a rising tide. Couple this with the interconnection via a network of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data and your IOT is taking shape.”
CET is ensuring they can deliver on these expectations, through upgrading their communications facilities and introducing IOT training in partnership with the Cisco Networking Academy.
The AIS tour of the campus took in the college’s new communications laboratory which commenced training delivery early this year. The workshop provides a more realistic experience for the student – bringing together learning and practice.
CET trains approximately 50% of WA’s apprentices and ensures the electrical industry has a constantly growing pool of trained and qualified tradespeople. CET’s training has been recognised by a number of awards including the Large Training Provider Award at the WA Training Awards in 2014.
AIS looks forward to further opportunities for engagement with training organisations and enterprises operating in the industry sectors we work with.