Summary

Who
The Textiles, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by IBSA Manufacturing.

What
The development of an industrial sewing skill set, designed to target the acquisition of transferable, entry-level skills in this niche sector.

The numbers
• 2 revised units of competency
• 1 new skill set
Several qualifications will be impacted by unit code and title changes, but have not been actively reviewed or changed.

When
• Public consultation was conducted in September and November–December 2019, and is now closed.
• Scheduled for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in February 2020.

Why
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.

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

What’s the latest?

February 2020: The project was submitted to the AISC this month.


Details

IBSA Manufacturing was pleased to support the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industry Reference Committee (IRC) in undertaking development work in the area of industrial sewing for the MST Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package.

This project involved the development of an Industrial Sewing Skill Set to provide a set of transferable, entry-level skills that facilitate the movement of workers with similar skills and assist employers experiencing skill shortages.

Industrial sewing (machinist) is a critical skill required in a broad range of contexts including the furnishing, automotive, marine and textile fabrication industries. The foundational industrial sewing skills to be included in the proposed skill set are central to the operation of manufacturing businesses in these industry sectors. Employers in several sectors have provided feedback through industry consultation about the shortage of skills and difficulty in recruiting workers with industrial sewing skills.

The development of a skill set for industrial sewing that includes common industrial sewing skills that can be applied to a range of industry, products and materials provides a pathway for the upskilling or reskilling of workers and skilling of new entry level recruits.

The proposed industrial sewing skill set will bring together existing units of competency aligned to the skills required of an industrial machinist from across training packages. Initial consultation identified the following units of competency for consideration in the skill set:

• AURVTT020 Select and use leather in automotive and marine trimming
• AURVTT015 Fabricate and install canvas products for automotive and marine components
• MSS402051 Apply quality standards
• MSTTX2009 Perform industrial sewing on textile products
• MSTTX3003 Set up, adjust and maintain industrial sewing machines
• MSTTF2009 Select and apply canvas and sail materials
• MSTBA2004 Construct roll-up and pull-down style blinds and awnings
• MSFUP2004 Machine sew basic upholstery final cover materials
• MSFSF2002 Machine sew materials
• MSFSF2003 Machine sew specialised sewn products

Two units were selected from this list as the most suitable for redevelopment and inclusion in the skill set.

Please refer to the Case for Change for more information the research undertaken to support this project.


Progress Updates

February 2020
The draft Case for Endorsement, MST Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package components and the Companion Volume Implementation Guide were submitted to the AISC this month for approval.

Previous Updates

January 2020
This project is being prepared for submission to the AISC in February 2020.

December 2019
Public Consultation for Draft 2 training package components for the Industrial Sewing Skill Set project is now closed.

Thank you to those stakeholders who provided comment. Broad consultation was undertaken which involved draft components being made available via the website, along with webinars conducted to gather feedback.

All feedback will be considered by the Industrial Sewing Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

November 2019
Public Consultation for Draft 2 training package components for the Industrial Sewing Skill Set project ended on Thursday 5 December.

Changes from Round 1 consultation
The proposed Skill Set and draft units were revised based on stakeholder feedback and review by subject matter experts on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for industrial sewing. The key revisions included:

  • minor changes to performance criteria, performance evidence and knowledge evidence to support increased flexibility and cross-sector application of the units;
  • clarification of references to Australian Standards and inclusion of reference to product-specific personal protective equipment knowledge; and
  • the inclusion of the Foundation Skills field in each unit where these skills are not explicit enough in the performance criteria

The Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Industry Reference Committee (IRC) ultimately approve content in the MST Training Package.

September 2019
Consultation for Draft 1 training package components for the Industrial Sewing Skill Set Project is now closed.

Thank you to those stakeholders who provided comment. A broad range of stakeholders were alerted to the availability of the draft content for review and input, along with webinars conducted to gather feedback.

All feedback will be considered by the Industrial Sewing Skill Set Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Round 2 public consultation will be made available in October 2019.

July 2019
A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been formed and the first meeting was held on 18 June 2019.

The development of an industrial sewing skill set is being considered to ensure alignment with industry skill needs, current work practices and equipment. Work has also progressed to align existing units of competency to the skills required of an industrial machinist from across training packages.

Draft 1 components are scheduled to be available later this month.

April 2019
IBSA Manufacturing is pleased to advise that Industrial Sewing Skill Set Project has commenced. Industry experts will be approached to form a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and provide guidance in the development of training package components in the near future.

The review of the qualifications and unit content will be considered by the TAC to ensure alignment with industry skills needs, current work practices and technology. This review will also identify any duplication and obsolete units which may be considered for removal.

First draft training package components are scheduled for public consultation by July 2019. IBSA Manufacturing will provide opportunities for industry engagement and feedback via a series of National industry forums, webinars, and via the website. 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 TCF IRC, established a technical advisory committee (TAC) to provide specific subject-matter advice and technical expertise for the development and review of the training package components. The TAC operated under the direction of the IRC and comprised organisations and nominated individuals with significant expertise and knowledge working within the industry.

This project followed the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy and used the IBSA Manufacturing Training Package Development Methodology. This process provides robust evidence to support the AISC’s decision-making process.

Key Dates
• January 2020: final IRC sign-off on project components
• February 2020: STA feedback period
• End February 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 TCF-related projects, receive project updates and subscribe to our newsletters.

For more information contact:

Cheryll Meade, Industry Engagement Partner
M: 0400 686 031
E: [email protected]

Latest from IBSA

IBSA Manufacturing Training Package Development Methodology

News Article Image

IBSA Manufacturing Training Development Projects follow the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy and uses a five phase methodology. Our approach to all training…

Continue Reading

Industry Skills Forecasts & Cases for Endorsement Approved

News Article Image

We are pleased to advise that at the 5 June meeting the AISC approved the 2019 Industry Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work, along…

Continue Reading

SuperExpo is all sewn up

News Article Image

IBSA Manufacturing took part in the recent SuperExpo on the Gold Coast, Australia’s largest trade exhibition for the window furnishings and specialised textiles industries. The…

Continue Reading