The Textiles, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by IBSA Manufacturing, is reviewing the MST Textiles Clothing and Footwear Training Package. The Case for Change was approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in 2020.
The Advanced Materials and Emerging Technologies in the Circular Economy Project (Stage 2) is awaiting ministerial endorsement
This project was approved by the AISC at their October meeting and is now awaiting ministerial endorsement. Once endorsed, the training package components will be available on the National VET Register.
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Round 2 Public Consultation ran from Tuesday 28 June to, Wednesday 13 July 2022. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.
A summary of Draft 2 feedback received is available here Round 2.
The Technical Advisory Committee members met on Monday, 25 July 2022 to consider Round 2 feedback.
Stage 2 Draft 1 Public Consultation – March 2022
Round 1 Public Consultation ran from Thursday 30 March until Friday 26 April 2022. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.
A summary of Draft 1 feedback received is available here Round 1.
The Technical Advisory Committee members met on Tuesday, 10 May 2022 to consider Round 1 feedback.
Stage 1 for this project has been submitted to the AISC for consideration at their December meeting.
The Case for Endorsement proposes updates to 7 qualifications and 121units of competency in the MST Training Package and presents:
- three revised qualifications
- 45 revised units of competency (which include several merged units)
- one new unit of competency related to sustainability
- 48 units of competency to be deleted.
If approved, industry benefits will include:
- Training products that reflect current and emerging workplace needs whilst taking into consideration industry’s use of new materials and technologies and the role of the circular economy.
- Entry-level qualifications that cut across all TCF sectors by broadening the content from the current focus on fashion, which does not reflect the reality of industry’s skill needs.
- Two new skill sets in Make Alterations and Repairs and Mending.
Once approved, it will go the Ministers for endorsement.
Stage 1 Draft 2 Public Consultation ran from Monday 28 June 2021 to Friday 16 July 2021.
Public Consultation on Draft 2, stage 1, of the training package components ran from Monday 28 June 2021 to Friday 16 July 2021 and is now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback, which will now be reviewed.
Stage 1 Draft 1 Public Consultation ran from Monday 29 March 2021 to Monday 26 April 2021.
Stage 1 of this project focuses on industry imperatives for reviewed content to reflect the skills and knowledge associated with contemporary approaches to sustainability and the use of advanced materials and new technologies along with foundational and social media related business skills. In particular, the work reflects industry need identified in the Case for Change to:
- develop a single broadly-based entry level qualification which incorporates the basic skills that cut across all TCF sectors,
- improve currency, clarity and compliance with the Standards for Training Packages by reducing duplication, reviewing overly generic information and ensuring requirements adequately reflect industry expectations.
The project will investigate the skills impact of advanced materials, emerging technologies and digitisation on systems and work practices that are coming into more widespread use in the industry. This impacts across qualifications, skill sets and units in the following industry streams:
- Clothing and footwear production and repair
- Textile fabrication and production
- Applied fashion design and technology/merchandising.
Industry has also identified shortages of people with advanced clothing production skills to make patterns and samples for limited production and to undertake garment alterations as an ‘add-on’ service to their customers. To respond, a series of skill sets will be developed in relation to clothing production, alterations, tailoring, repairs and mending. Feedback received during public consultation identified that skills highlighted within the proposed skill sets will have applicability for small business particularly in regional areas.
The key objectives of this proposal are to ensure that the qualifications in the MST Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package reflect current and emerging workplace needs whist taking into consideration industry’s use of new materials and technologies.
- Revision of 7 Qualifications including:
- 4 Certificate II qualifications
- 3 Certificate III qualifications
- Development of 2 Skill Sets
- Revision of 121 Units of Competency
- Development of 1 Unit of Competency
- Revision of 7 Qualifications including:
- 3 Certificate IV qualifications
- 2 Diploma qualifications
- 2 Advanced Diploma qualifications
- Development of 4 Skill Sets
- Revision of 113 Units of Competency
*Further components may be affected by unit code and title changes.
Training package development projects are overseen by the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and supported by a project Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). They guide the project and provide industry expertise for developing the components. All projects are then referred to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for approval.