March 2018 Update
Key Trends and Emerging Priorities for Industry Information
In February, the Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory IRC met to further consider the key trends identified at their August 2017 workshop and agree on key components of the Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work.
The trends and considerations identified by the Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory IRC during discussions are available via the link below. This document presents the preliminary and developmental thinking of IRC members in order to stimulate broad discussion in industry.
The Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory IRC have not prioritised any Cases for Change for 2018 -19 due to training package development activities being currently underway or about to commence in the training packages under the IRC’s remit.
A number of priorities have been identified for their 2018-19 to 2021-22 Proposed Schedules of Work, including:
MSL Laboratory Operations Training Package
- Genetics and molecular testing and diagnostics to meet the requirements of more complex health related services
- Skill Sets in food testing to ensure compliance with food labelling, health and safety standards and quality standards in the food processing industry
- Skill sets for specialised industry sectors such as accreditation compliance in the laboratory
- Investigate the need for new high level qualifications to cover surgical cut
- New and emerging requirements related to Point of Care testing
MSM Manufacturing Training Package
- Review of Process Manufacturing qualifications for currency and relevance and consider the introduction of specialisations
- Review of Recreational Vehicle qualifications, and update if needed to reflect requirements of the new Road Vehicle Standards Act and to consider whether there is a need for inclusion of business skills within recreational vehicle qualifications
PMA Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package
- Processing of coal seam gas to meet demand due to growth areas in the oil and gas sector
- Review Diploma and Advanced Diploma to create articulation opportunities
PMB Plastics, Rubber and Cablemaking Training Package
- A Proposed Schedule of Work will not be submitted for the 2018 return of the Industry Skills Forecast as the training package was recently approved for redevelopment. Priorities will be reassessed as part of the 2019 submission.
PMC Manufactured Mineral Products Training Package
- A Proposed Schedule of Work will not be submitted for the 2018 return of the Industry Skills Forecast as the training package is in the process of redevelopment. Priorities will be reassessed as part of the 2019 submission.
Draft Industry Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work will be available for further feedback and comment in April.
In August 2017, the Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory IRC participated in a pilot workshop to consider the Future Skills and Training Resource. The outcomes from this session were further discussed in subsequent IRC meetings held in November 2017 and February 2018. The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) designed this resource to support IRCs in developing their Industry Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work.
This resource enables industry to describe the key trends affecting their workforce and the implications for skills and training.
More information on the resource is available at https://www.aisc.net.au/content/future-skills-and-training-resource