The Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by IBSA Manufacturing.
A review focused on transitioning the units of competency in the MEM05 Metal and Engineering Training Package to the MEM Manufacturing and Engineering Training Package. It is separated into two parts: Release 2.0 and Release 3.0.
Release 2.0 (completed):
- 18 qualifications
- 449 units of competency.
Release 3.0 (underway):
- 1 skill set
- 26 qualifications*
- 328 units of competency.
*This includes only qualifications undergoing active review. Further qualifications may be affected by unit code and title changes.
- Release 2.0 was approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in June 2019 and is pending ministerial approval.
- Release 3.0 is currently being prepared for public consultation. A previous round of consultation concluded in August 2019.
The MEM05 Metal and Engineering Training Package qualifications and associated units of competency needed to be reviewed and revised to align with the Standards for Training Packages 2012. The key changes focus on:
- reflecting new/amended terminology as required by the Standards
- developing assessment requirements
- developing the Companion Volume Implementation Guide.
- IBSA Manufacturing Training Package Development Methodology
- Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy.
What’s the latest?
- Release 2.0 of this project was approved by the AISC in June 2019.
- Release 3.0 is being prepared for consultation, pending ministerial approval of Release 2.0.
IBSA Manufacturing is pleased to support the Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Reference Committee (IRC) in undertaking the Manufacturing and Engineering Transition Project.
The project will involve transitioning all remaining training package components to the Standards for Training Packages 2012 (referred to as ‘the Standards’).
Release 2.0 included 18 qualifications and 449 units of competency from the MEM05 Metal and Engineering Training Package. It is now available on the National Register of VET, training.gov.au, and is pending ministerial approval.
Release 3.0 includes the transition of the following components, with an expected submission date of mid-2020:
- 13 qualifications and 211 units of competency from the MEM05 Metal and Engineering Training Package
- 4 qualifications and 34 units of competency from the LMT07 Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package
- 4 qualifications and 35 units of competency from the MSA07 Manufacturing Training Package
- 2 qualifications and 14 units of competency from the CUV11 Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package.
Note: This work may include amalgamating and deleting training package components.
Release 3.0 is being prepared for consultation, pending ministerial approval of Release 2.0.
August 2019: Update on feedback from the first round of consultation
The Manufacturing and Engineering IRC has been seeking feedback from industry and other stakeholders about changes to training products to form the basis of Release 3.0 of MEM. Consultations were conducted with over 170 stakeholders who attended face-to-face meetings, webinars and industry meetings across the country over 8 weeks. The majority of participants were associated with Registered Training Organisations. Many of the participants also provided additional feedback about Release 2.0 of MEM, which was endorsed by the AISC in April.
The feedback showed that RTOs were particularly concerned about how some of the changes to MEM releases 2.0 and 3.0 would be treated insofar as the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) compliance requirements were concerned. Primarily, the concerns centred around changes to prerequisites and the addition of workplace practice requirements to some units the IRC considered to be central to the trade qualifications.
The feedback has been considered at a meeting of the IRC, which was concerned about the potential for the changes to be misinterpreted.
To that end, the IRC will prioritise the dissemination of detailed advice to industry, training providers, state and territory training authorities (STAs), and ASQA and other regulatory bodies. The advice will outline the rationale for the changes, how the IRC anticipates the changes should be implemented, and some strategies designed to reduce the regulatory burden associated with the changes.
In the first instance the advisory material will concentrate on:
- information associated with the introduction of workplace practice requirements
- information about the changes to prerequisite units.
We anticipate these materials will be available by the end of October.
The MEM IRC also considered feedback that appears to indicate that, in the case of products associated with the technical qualifications and units, some of the changes are worthy of reconsideration, which the IRC has committed to.
It is expected that the next round of MEM Release 3.0 drafts will be available for consultation late in September for submission to the AISC in November 2019.
The IRC welcomes and appreciates the effort that many stakeholders have applied to their engagement in this process and is keen to continue to work with them to ensure that the MEM training package continues to serve the industry well into the future.
August 2019: Consultation
Consultation for Draft 1 training package components for the Manufacturing and Engineering Transition Project, Release 3.0, ended on Monday 5 August 2019.
Thank you to those stakeholders who provided comment. Broad consultation was undertaken, which involved draft components being made available via the website, along with face-to-face workshops and national webinars to gather feedback.
All feedback was considered by the project Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and materials updated as required.
MEM Release 2.0
The AISC has approved the Case for Endorsement for Release 2.0 of the MEM Manufacturing and Engineering Training Package. This release includes 18 qualifications and 449 units from the MEM05 training package.
Thanks to all members of the TAC and Manufacturing and Engineering IRC who have given so freely of their time to shape the changes. Thanks must also go to all stakeholders who provided comment throughout the project.
June 2019: MEM Release 3.0 Public consultation
Round 1 is now open, seeking your feedback
First draft training package components for the MEM Release 3.0 transition project are currently available for review until Monday 5 August 2019.
Summary to date
The qualifications and associated units have been reviewed and redeveloped with modified core unit requirements to meet the Standards for Training Packages 2012. Based on industry advice new units have been created, some units are proposed to be merged to better reflect workplace practice, and some units are proposed for deletion. The affected training package components lie in the following main segments:
- Boating Services
- Engineering Technical
- Jewellery Manufacture
- Cotton Ginning and Textile Mechanics
- Manufacturing Technology.
The outcome of this work is that:
- core unit content has been strengthened to reflect industry requirements
- assessment requirements have been strengthened to meet industry needs
- units are easier to read and understand
- repetition and duplication have been reduced across the training package.
We will be conducting forums and webinars to outline the key changes for the MEM Training Package.
Feedback should be emailed to [email protected] by Monday 5 August 2019. When providing your feedback, please add the name of the discussion paper in the subject line of the email. Please provide feedback regarding further suggested changes and your agreement with what has been proposed. It is just as important for us to receive feedback telling us you agree with the proposed changes as it is to receive feedback with suggested changes.
Project Governance, Methodologies and Timelines
This project follows the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy and uses the IBSA Manufacturing Training Package Development Methodology. The process provides robust evidence to support the AISC’s decision-making process.
Release 2.0 of this project was endorsed in 2019 and is available live on the National Register of VET, training.gov.au. However, it is still pending ministerial approval.
Release 3.0 of this project is in its early stages and has gone through one round of public consultation. Consultation is expected to recommence in mid-2020.
- Public consultation dates will be listed here as soon as they are known
- January–March 2020: IBSA is working internally on production tasks associated with the Release 3.0 components.
Staying in Touch
Project updates will be posted here, and through our newsletters and direct emails to industry contacts. Please click here if you want to participate in this or other MEM Manufacturing and Engineering-related projects, receive project updates and subscribe to our newsletters.
For more information contact:
Chris Hudson, Industry Engagement Partner
P: (03) 9815 7099
E: [email protected]