APEC visitors observe Australian VET sector
TLISC is working in partnership with the Department of Industry and APEC country Government’s from China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam to benchmark qualifications and develop regional occupational standards for core skills in the transport and logistics sector.
TLISC has had the pleasure of welcoming the APEC visitors to Australia with the delegation visiting Canberra and Melbourne between 10 -14 November. During the visit TLISC hosted workshops throughout the week to learn about each other’s VET systems and Transport and Logistics sectors, identify core skills and occupations within each economy, develop occupational standards and undertake gender equity discussions.
As part of the visit to Australia, delegates had the opportunity to observe the Australian VET sector in action. The delegates visited a number of industry and vocational education sites in and around Melbourne to get a hands-on experience of how VET qualifications provide pathways from learning into job readiness. The delegates were also exposed to other concepts such as Recognition of Prior Learning and how this articulates across the system.
The delegation visited Toll Customised Solutions in Truganina in Melbourne’s west. The world class warehouse is Adidas’ National Distribution Centre. It covers 13,000 square metres and features state of the art technology which has increased the speed of products to market by sixfold.
The Toll warehouse operators spoke with the delegates about the importance of Training Packages and vocational education in the development and retention of staff within their organisation. Each job role within the warehouse has dedicated training needs and TOLL uses VET qualifications to provide the right level of training for each of its staff members. The delegates were guided through the use of Certificates III and IV as well as Diploma to provide critical training and recognition of skills for employees.
From the Toll warehouse we travelled to Dandenong to visit the Chisholm Institute of TAFE, which operates a fully functioning simulated warehouse. The delegates watched as students undertook training and were assessed by a qualified trainer and assessors.
After a quick lunch the delegates zipped back across town to visit FBT Transwest, a private family owned business specialising in high consequence transport, storage and related supply chain services. FBT Transwest took the delegates on a tour of their site explaining the day to day operations and mapped out the different training needs of their employees. Because of the nature of the business, dealing in high risk materials, training is a major component of the work the business undertakes to ensure its employees are equipped to competently perform their jobs.
Our final destination for the day was with the Mint Group who provide customised personnel, training and recruitment. The organisation works with industry to design training programs using Training Package qualifications personalised for industry requirements and organisational training needs.
Throughout the day, the delegates engaged deeply on the topic of VET with particular focus on developing occupational standards, improving linkages between industry and vocational education and training programs, improving recognition arrangements and gender equity in skills development.
For further information on this joint project or the APEC visit please contact Amanda Thomas, General Manager – Policy and Strategy, firstname.lastname@example.org