New arrangements for AIS Training Packages

The first six months of operating as a Skills Service Organisation (SSO) have flown by and I thought it was a good time to reflect on all that we have achieved.  Little did we know when we expressed interest in being an SSO in late 2015, that we would need to learn quickly about so many new industry sectors. As many of you know, this change came about in February with the Department of Education and Training offering TLISC the opportunity to broaden its scope, and this led our Board to create Australian Industry Standards.

Our proven capability and intense focus on service is one of the reasons we were selected by government to do the job of an SSO.  We now work under the direction of 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) which cover: aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, fire, defence and corrections.  It has been a steep learning curve for us, and we appreciate the support you have all provided as we work together to implement the new arrangements for developing and maintaining Training Packages.

Along with our new brand and the new website, we have several new faces in the office who have been recruited to strengthen our capacity to deliver high-quality, professional secretariat and technical services to help our allocated IRCs develop the skills that industry needs. We will continue the partnership approach with industry that we are known for as we support the projects that the AISC commissions to shape the workforce of the future. You can find out more about our team here.

The new approach involves new processes and new terminology, and we are working with our IRCs to develop communication methods, and options for broad stakeholder input into the development of Workplans for Training Packages that ensure the opportunity for industry to have its voice heard in the deliberations by the Australian Industry and Skills Council (AISC).

Under the new arrangements for Training Packages AIS will support the development of the Four Year Workplan for each of our allocated IRCs, the first stage of which was submitted in April this year. The Four Year Workplans focus on the prioritisation of the skill needs of the industry sectors each IRC has responsibility for. They are developed and reviewed annually in consultation with industry stakeholders, and submitted on behalf of the IRC to the AISC for approval.

The AISC approves activity from the Workplans, which means the IRC and AIS work together to develop a Business Case which details the work required, industry support, benefits and impacts of any proposed changes on industry and training providers, and anticipated timelines. Business Cases are developed in consultation with industry stakeholders and submitted on behalf of the IRC to the AISC for approval.

Business Cases that are approved result in the commissioning of project work to develop or review Training Packages by AIS with direction and oversight by the IRC. Examples of Training Package project work already underway can be found on the AIS website here:
Fatigue Management Project
Battery Storage Systems

AIS has also been commissioned by the AISC to fully transition the four energy and utilities Training Packages, and the non-transitioned sections of the Public Safety and Defence Training Packages to the 2012 Standards for Training Packages. This is a significant body of work which we look forward to working on with the IRCs, and wider industry stakeholders, to ensure we develop high quality Training Packages.

We will continue to provide information on all of the projects and activities we are undertaking through future Newsletters, and the Training Package and IRC pages on our website. I also encourage all interested stakeholders to Register for Updates on our projects on the relevant Training Package page on our website. This will ensure you receive specific and timely project update information straight to your email account.

It’s been a busy and exciting six months for the entire AIS team and we’re looking forward to meeting and working with you over the years ahead.

Paul Walsh
General Manager IRC Operations