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  • 17 Aug 2017 2:33 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    Australian Industry and Skills Committee

    A quality assurance panel of independent experts has been established by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to ensure that training packages are of a high standard and meet the needs of industry.

    “The independent Training Package Quality Assurance Panel will help the AISC to make sure the national training system provides employers and workers with the skills and knowledge they need to be productive and competitive now and in the future,” said the Chair of the AISC, Professor John Pollaers.

    “Building quality in VET is a priority for the AISC, as a responsive, flexible national training system is fundamental to businesses’ competitiveness and Australia’s future prosperity,” Professor Pollaers said.

    The Quality Assurance Panel, which consists of independent and highly qualified specialists, is the next step in improving the level of accountability in training package development. The Panel will help build employers’ confidence in vocational education and training (VET) by also ensuring training packages meet all standards and requirements.

    For more information click here.

    Article provided by: Australian Government Department of Education and Training

  • 17 Aug 2017 2:21 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    DET - Trainer & Assessor

    In July 2017 the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, announced updates to trainer and assessor credential requirements, as agreed by the COAG Industry and Skills Council.

    The changes to the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 will ensure trainers and assessors have the skills and knowledge to design and develop assessment tools and address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills.

    Trainers and assessors who currently hold the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or the Assessor Skill Set will need to obtain the new core units of competency on top of their existing credentials by 1 April, 2019. Those who do not hold the relevant units may use this training to contribute towards meeting professional development requirements outlined in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.

    The update to the credential requirements follows a recommendation from the Australian Industry and Skills Committee and will apply to all trainers and assessors delivering nationally recognised training.

    Further information is available on the Australian Government Department of Education and Training’s website.

    Article provided by: Australian Government Department of Education and Training

  • 16 Aug 2017 2:15 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    2017 ALC Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit

    Australia's leading supply chain safety event 

    The 2017 ALC Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit will be held on 5-6 September 2017 at ICC Sydney, and will feature both policy discussions and interactive workshops.

    The Summit is integral to ALC’s commitment to raising awareness about Chain of Responsibility (CoR), which impacts on all parts of the supply chain, as well as advising industry participants on some practical steps they can take to ensure high levels of safety and compliance.

    This year’s Summit will focus on the significant extension to CoR, due to commence operation in 2018, which extends the legal obligations and liabilities of executive officers and company directors, and will include heavy vehicle standards and maintenance.

    Click here for more information on the summit program and how to register for the event.

  • 15 Aug 2017 1:53 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    PwC Skills For Australia

    Skills for Australia is leading the development of training in the cross-sector skills areas of Teamwork and Communication.

    PwC’s Skills for Australia’s Teamwork and Communication cross sector project will look to understand industry support for developing common ‘teamwork’ and ‘communication’ units to be used across multiple industry sectors.

    Click here to view more information, contribute your views on the project and to stay updated on it's progress.

  • 15 Aug 2017 1:49 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    PwC Skills For Australia

    PwC’s Skills for Australia is seeking industry input in relation to a number of projects being undertaken within the Business Services Training Package. This is an opportunity to provide input into training product development work that will better align training products with industry needs.

    For more information and links to the surveys, click here.

  • 15 Aug 2017 1:41 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)


    The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) yesterday published a report on employer perspectives of workforce training, across three industries (red meat processing, road freight transport, and international freight forwarding).

    The report offers insightful comments on the use of training in the transport and logistics industry including expected benefits, the use of RPL and on-the-job training, and the need for reliable and objective information about training providers.

    Road Freight – Training Benefits

    “The road freight transport firms included in this study have made strategic decisions to reposition their businesses for a sustainable future and are using accredited training as a part of this.”

    “They expect benefits to flow from adopting the strategy, in the form of: improved road safety; reduced occurrence of workplace injuries; increased potential for adopting new technologies; and formal qualifications for employees who have typically never completed a qualification.”

    Models of Skills Acquisition in Road Freight

    “First, the employees’ experience was recognised through formal recognition of prior learning (RPL) processes. Second, training was largely delivered on the job, with very little classroom or ‘book-based’ learning.”

    “The initial cynicism of employees was a significant barrier but once enough people experienced the benefits of skills development, their success became infectious and encouraged others to follow.”

    Freight Forwarding – importance of ongoing skills development and internationally-recognised qualifications

    “According to employers interviewed for this study, the adoption of digital technology and the tentative move to offshoring of certain backroom tasks has not reduced the need for skilled employees with the knowledge and interpersonal skills to build and manage long-term client relationships. Employees also need problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to attend to fine detail at every step of the chain. The survival of the firm depends on its keeping abreast of developments in technology, which means ongoing skills development for the staff.”

    “Once the employee has achieved the necessary breadth and depth of experience, they are encouraged to enrol in an industry-developed diploma. These diplomas are automatically recognised by the international peak body; this recognition is perceived to be more important than the national accreditation in firms operating internationally.”

    Small Firms – Need for easy to access, reliable information on training market

    “The experience of small firms in the training market can be quite different from that of large firms. Small firms could benefit from access to reliable and objective information about the training market. Currently they have to navigate often-aggressive marketing to get to this information.”

    “For instance, one of the problems faced by small firms is easy access to reliable information on the increasingly complex training market. Cash and time-poor small firms seem to find navigating the training market difficult. This points to a need for good and reliable training market information from a third party, information with a focus only on the public interest.”

    Employer decisions about training

    “Employers’ training decisions are affected by a number of issues. These include the:

    • need to comply with industry regulations, particularly those relating to hygiene, and health and safety
    • quality and source of entry-level labour supply, which is affected by working conditions and turnover in the industry
    • availability of a public subsidy for training, which may affect whether firms support full qualifications
    • quality and flexibility of training providers
    • availability of reliable information on the training market.”

    Reference - Shah, C 2017, Employers’ perspectives on training: three industries, NCVER, Adelaide.

  • 11 Aug 2017 1:33 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    Your Say TLSC Blog pageCheck out the new blog page on the Your Say TLSC site. VET 4 T&L will start the conversation with a new blog each month about current issues for vocational education and training in the transport and logistics industry.

    The first blog ‘Getting industry’s voice heard’ is up now. The article covers recent examples of industry input making a difference to VET decision making, and invites you to add your voice to the current discussion around yard operations, scheduling and the high risk work licence qualifications, and the cross sector skills project. Your voice does make a difference. Speak up now. Every voice from industry counts.

    VET 4 T&L is a first of its kind, supporting skill development across all businesses in the supply chain, including road transport, rail, aviation, passenger transport, maritime and logistics. The Your Say TLSC platform is designed to transform the way industry connects with the vocational education and training system.

    Subscribe to our monthly VET 4 T&L newsletter to stay informed.

    Register on the Your Say TLSC site to have your say about what really matters to your industry and be part of an online community committed to ongoing reform of the VET system.

  • 09 Aug 2017 1:01 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    Australian Industry Standards

    The development of new fatigue management training units by the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has been showcased by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) as an example of IRCs responding to the needs of their industry.

    The AISC reported that the T&L IRC was one of the first industries to engage with government through the AISC and worked closely with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to develop the training units that will improve heavy vehicle driver safety.

    Click here for more information.

  • 09 Aug 2017 12:58 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    Australian Industry Standards

    The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) have commissioned work on Training Package Development by the Aviation and Public Safety IRCs.

    In line with its Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work submitted in April this year, the Aviation IRC has been commissioned by the AISC to revise remote pilot aircraft systems units and qualifications in the Aviation Training Package to meet regulatory and emerging technologies.

    Click here for more information.

  • 09 Aug 2017 12:55 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

    Australian Industry Standards

    The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has recently commissioned Training Package development and review projects submitted on behalf of the Transport and Logistics IRC and the Aviation IRC.

    A new Schedulers qualification is being developed to meet the needs of the Transport and Logistics and Rail industries, and will also have broader application across supply chains including the Aviation and Maritime sectors. Developing a qualification that meets the needs of industry across a range of sectors will provide employment pathways for workers who will have transferable skills, while addressing industry’s identified skills need. This will enable one qualification to provide the required skills and knowledge for multiple transport scheduling operations.

    Click here for more information.

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