Summary

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

What
An examination of contemporary and emerging work practices in the furniture design and technology sector to meet current and future industry skills needs.

The numbers
• 2 reviewed qualifications*
• 61 reviewed units of competency
*This includes only qualifications undergoing active review. Further qualifications may be affected by unit code and title changes.

When
• Public consultation dates will be communicated here once known.
• This project is scheduled for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in June 2020.

Why
• The training package has some duplication and repetition in the area of furniture design and technology.
• Performance standards and assessment requirements need to be strengthened.

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

What’s the latest?
December 2019: The Furnishing IRC is seeking two further members for the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).


Details

IBSA Manufacturing is pleased to support the Furnishing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to undertake the Furniture Design and Technology Project.

This project will examine contemporary and emerging work practices in the Furniture Design and Technology sector. It will review and redevelop training products within the MSF Furnishing Training Package to meet current and future industry skill needs. The review will ensure a reduction in duplication and repetition across the training package, improve clarity in performance standards in the workplace and strengthen assessment requirements to meet industry needs.

This project involves redeveloping the following qualifications and 61 existing units of competency:
• MSF40213 Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology
• MSF50313 Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology

Please refer to the Case for Change for more information on the training package components to be modified, and the research undertaken to support this project.

It is anticipated that this project will be submitted to the AISC for approval in June 2020.


Progress Updates

December 2019
Two further TAC members are being sought for this project.

October 2019
The Furnishing IRC will be meeting in mid-October 2019 to discuss the next stages of MSF Furniture Design and Technology training package.

April 2019
The AISC is currently reviewing the structure of the Furnishing IRC to ensure appropriate sector representation. In the meantime, this project is on hold and will recommence in September 2019.


Project Governance, Methodologies and Timelines

IBSA Manufacturing, in consultation with the Furnishing 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 Furniture Design and Technology sector.

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. However, due to time constraints, certain phases of this project may be fast-tracked to allow adequate consultation time.

Key Dates
• Public consultation dates will be communicated here once known
• June 2020: Submission to the AISC
• 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 MSF Furnishing-related projects, receive project updates and subscribe to our newsletters.

For more information contact:
Demmi Paris, Industry Engagement Partner
P: (03) 9815 7099
E: [email protected]

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