The Textiles, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by IBSA Manufacturing, has developed an industrial sewing skill set for the MST Textiles Clothing and Footwear Training Package. It is designed to target the acquisition of transferable, entry-level skills in this niche sector, that can be applied to a range of industries, products and materials, and provides a pathway for the upskilling or reskilling of workers and skilling of new entry level recruits.

Refer to the Case for Change for more information on the training package components being modified as well as the research undertaken to support this project. It was approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in 2019.


Project approved

The Case for Endorsement, Companion Volume Implementation Guide and Project Components have received endorsement from the AISC and the COAG Skills Council. Release 4.0 of the MST Textiles Clothing and Footwear Training Package is now available on the National Register of VET,

Thank you to the industry experts and the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear IRC who gave so freely of their time to shape the changes. Thank you also to all stakeholders who provided comment throughout the project.

Why we are reviewing it

Feedback from the industry has identified:

  • a shortage of foundational industrial sewing skills
  • difficulty in recruiting workers with, or willing to learn, these skills
  • that an industrial sewing skill set would provide a reskilling and upskilling pathway for existing workers and foundational skilling for entry-level recruits.

What we are reviewing

  • 2 units of competency
  • 1 new skill set.

Several qualifications will be affected by unit code and title changes, but have not been actively reviewed or changed.

Governance and methodology

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.

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For more information contact:
Cheryll Meade | Industry Engagement Partner
M: 0400 686 031 | E: [email protected]