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Following on from the successful APEC Transport and Logistics Regional Skills Standards Project* conducted during 2014 to 2016, the Department of Education and Training is now leading a project with Pacific Alliance countries for the transport and logistics (T&L) sector. Australian Industry Standards (AIS) has been selected to provide technical expertise and project management.
This new project has been endorsed by the Pacific Alliance Education Technical Group and both industry and education representatives from Peru, Chile, Mexico and Colombia are participating in the project working group.
The purpose of this project is to:
a) review the suitability of the regional skills standards developed in the earlier APEC project for use in Pacific Alliance economies, and
b) extend the framework through the identification of an additional priority transport and logistics occupation. Associated skills standards will also be developed by the working group to meet the requirements of the new occupation.
The first meeting of this working group was held on 26-29 September 2016 in Lima, Peru where it was agreed that the role of Delivery Driver would be the new occupation to expand the existing draft APEC Transport and Logistics Regional Skills Standards Framework. The meeting involved presentations from each of the participating economies about their Transport and Logistics Industry, as well as their VET systems.
General Manager, IRC Operations, Paul Walsh who facilitated the workshop explained “notwithstanding that our countries are separated by 12,000+ kilometres, and on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean there is more in common at an Industry level than you might think”. This he believes is “one of the key factors that enables the collaboration that was evident across the entire workshop, even though there are some significant variations in each country’s approach to VET”.
Working group members were fortunate to be able to attend a number of site tours and AIS expresses our sincere thanks to AUSA Soluciones Logísticas, APM Terminals and SAVAR Corporación Logistica for hosting, and showcasing their approaches to skilling their workforces. These opportunities are a critical component of achieving industry input into the project outcomes.
A series of industry workshops will be arranged in each country by working group members during November 2016 to review these new standards for the Delivery Driver role, as well as to obtain feedback about the suitability of the draft APEC regional skills standards for use by Pacific Alliance economies.
*The APEC Transport and Logistics Regional Skills Standards Project conducted during 2014 to 2016 involving a working group from China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Australia,