Summary

Who
The Aerospace Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by IBSA Manufacturing.

What
A review of the MEA Aeroskills Training Package to align qualifications with the industry’s licensing requirements.
The Case for Change has been submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for their review and consideration. When a Case for Change is approved, it forms the basis of a training package project.

The numbers
• 25 reviewed qualifications*
• 213 reviewed skill sets
• 217 units of competency.
*This includes only qualifications undergoing active review. Further qualifications may be affected by unit code and title changes.

When
• No public consultation dates set yet
• This project is scheduled for submission to the AISC in October 2020.

Why
Components need to be updated to:
• support licensing and skills requirements in the Australian aviation industry
• provide clear connections between the VET system and the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) licensing systems
• support the training and licensing of a new generation of engineers to replace the current, retiring generation and meet future demand.

How
IBSA Manufacturing Training Package Development Methodology
Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy.

What’s the latest?
January 2020: IBSA Manufacturing is working with various stakeholders to establish the approach for training package updates.


Details

IBSA Manufacturing is pleased to support the Aerospace Industry Reference Committee (IRC) in its review of the MEA Aeroskills Training Package to align qualifications with the industry’s licensing requirements.

This project is scheduled to be submitted to the AISC for approval in October 2020. It involves a review of 25 qualifications, 213 skill sets and 217 units of competency. The work will consider alterations to these components to support licensing and skills requirements as well as current and future industry job roles. The current licensing qualifications within the training package do not enable clear and transparent connections between the VET system and the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) licensing systems. By harmonising the training and career pathways across the aviation sectors (civilian, defence, airline and general), a new generation of qualified engineers will be available to replace the current generation of workers as they retire.

The ”Report of the Expert Panel on Aviation Skills & Training”, which was commissioned by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, was released in July 2018. It highlighted a dire need for licensed aircraft maintenance engineers (LAMEs) by the Australian aerospace industry, with a future shortage of aircraft maintenance engineers predicted. Employers are also reporting difficulties in attracting applicants with the correct licence type or aircraft rating. Trends show that demand for these workers has increased over recent years, while the supply of new workers via apprenticeship training is low.


Progress Updates

January 2020
This project is currently at pre-draft status while IBSA Manufacturing consults with its stakeholders.

May 2019
IBSA Manufacturing is pleased to advise that the project to align VET qualifications with licensing regulations has commenced and will provide guidance for developing training package components.

The Aerospace Industry Reference Committee is currently undertaking a review of the training package to determine the work to be done to ensure that Licensing Regulations requirements are met. The qualifications and unit content will also be reviewed to ensure they align with industry skills needs, current work practices and technology.

Please register your interest in the project and stay updated with component development and consultation opportunities.


Project Governance, Methodologies and Timelines

IBSA Manufacturing, in consultation with the Aerospace Industry Reference Committee (IRC), will establish a technical advisory committee (TAC) to provide subject-matter advice and technical expertise for developing and reviewing training package components. The TAC will operate under the direction of the IRC and will comprise organisations and nominated individuals with significant expertise and knowledge within the industry.

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.

Key Dates
• Second quarter 2020: Draft 1 public consultation
• Third quarter 2020: Draft 2 public consultation
• October 2020: Submission to the AISC.


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 MEA Aeroskills–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]

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