IBSA Manufacturing is pleased to support the Manufacturing and Engineering IRC to undertake a review of the Manufacturing and Engineering Training Package (MEM).

This project covers three key skill areas important to the manufacturing and engineering industries:

  • Welding skills: The development of new training components and update of units and qualifications to meet changes in welding standards, techniques, processes and procedures. This includes:
    • emerging needs of Welding Supervisor and Welding Inspection occupations in relation to international welding standards and weld procedure development,
    • higher level welding processes and standards associated with advanced and coded welding standards and
    • to ensure adequacy in meeting the needs of new welding applications such as continuous ship building, submarine manufacture and related heavy engineering applications, including infrastructure and renewable energy.
  • Technical skills: The update of training components to meet emerging skills needs in line with emerging and converging technologies and advanced manufacturing processes and systems in technician and para-professional roles, giving particular consideration to the inclusion of an advanced manufacturing stream and the development of new training products that reflect emerging technologies and associated requirements (such as those associated with Industry 4.0).
  • Trainer/Supervisor/Coordinator skills: The development of post-trade training components to meet the needs of higher-level job roles with training, supervisory or coordination responsibilities.

Two key drivers of industry growth and change underpin this work:

  • key Government initiatives, such as the new Australian Defence Force projects, which will have particular impact on Australia’s shipbuilding and military vehicle manufacturing sectors, but also many implications for the broader manufacturing and engineering industries.
  • technology trends around automation and digitisation (including those incorporated under Industry 4.0), use of advanced materials, and augmented and virtual reality, which are creating new ways of working and new business opportunities and models, as well as providing industry with opportunities to increase efficiency and productivity.

Changing work and career values are also posing a challenge for the industry, in terms of attracting new, highly capable entrants to the industry and ensuring an ongoing supply of skills in an ageing workforce. Highlighting the new opportunities arising from changing technology and industry practices, and ensuring training products keep pace with these changes, will assist in attracting new entrants to the manufacturing and engineering sector and in upskilling existing workers in the sector.

At the same time, the accelerating adoption of new technologies and convergence of technologies and practices from different sectors are driving a need for a new cross-disciplinary combination of skills.

It is anticipated this project will be completed by June 2020.

Project Governance
IBSA Manufacturing, in consultation with the Manufacturing and Engineering IRC, will establish either a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) or subcommittee to provide specific subject matter advice and technical expertise for the development and review of the training package components for each of the segments in this project.

The TACs operates under the direction of the IRC and will comprise of organisations and nominated individuals with significant expertise and knowledge working within the industry.

Methodology and Timelines
This project follows the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy and uses the IBSA Manufacturing Training Package Development Methodology. This process provides robust evidence to support the Australian Industry Skills Committee’s (AISC) decision making process.

Staying in Touch
Project updates will be provided on the progress page and through our newsletters and direct emails to our industry contacts.  Please click here if you wish to participate in this project, receive project updates and subscribe to our newsletters.

Primary Contact Person:
Fraser Nelson
Industry Manager
M: 0410 912 693
E:   fraser.nelson@ibsa.org.au

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