FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER – TRAINING PACKAGES

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From the General Manager – Training Packages

As we move towards the middle of August and I am reminded of how quickly 2015 is racing by. It seems like a good time to provide an update on the work of the Training Package team here at TLISC. One of our key priorities has been the transition of our three Training Packages, covering Aviation, Maritime, Rail, Road Transport, Warehousing, Logistics and Ports, to the Standards for Training Packages. All of the transition work has been undertaken with the involvement of our industry stakeholders from across the wide and varied sectors we cover. Industry engagement and input is the key to ensuring the Training Package products we develop are fit for purpose and our stakeholders continue to support the development of the Training Packages we are responsible for. We greatly appreciate the contribution of their time and expertise.

To put the amount of work involved for stakeholders and the team at TLISC into context, here are some numbers of interest. Across our 3 Training Packages there are 105 qualifications, 1108 units of competency and 125 Skill Sets all requiring transition to the standards format. Over the last 12 months there have been 84 stakeholder meetings held with participants from across the entire country. There have been face to face meetings, teleconferences and video conferences, not to mention lierally thouands of email exchanges and phone calls.

Importantly, the transitioning of our Training Packages has provided an opportunity to review, and where necessary, make improvements to our existing qualifications, units and Skill Sets. This further ensures our products are contemporary and in line with the needs of industry.

The Aviation Training Package has been updated to ensure alignment with CASA’s regulatory requirements. This alignment is designed to remove duplication and reduce costs to business. A framework of Aviation Safety Skills has been developed through new units of competency and these have been included into the updated qualifications as required. The Diploma in Air Traffic Control has been revised to meet both civilian and defence needs with approach of OneSky. Pilot licensing qualifications have been updated to meet latest requirements and the industry feedback to date has been extremely positive.

In Maritime, the Training Package transition also seen changes to ensure alignment to AMSA’s requirements, which again removes duplication and lowers costs. A new qualification, the Certificate III in Marina Operations has been developed supporting skills development and career pathways for the many thousands of workers in this growing sector. New units of competency and Skill Sets have been developed for Fast Rescue Craft operations, Marine Radio Operations and Offshore Familiarisation to support safety and skills improvements across the industry.

The Rail sector will benefit from improvements to units of competency and qualifications that enable greater flexibilty and access for workers and industry. There has been a continued strong focus on safety in all Rail qualifications and units, with support from the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator. Two new qualifications have been developed, the Certificate III in Scheduling, which is an identified skill in demand across the industry, and the Certificate IV in Incident Investigation, which has had extremely strong support from rail operators throughout Australia

The Road Transport, Warehousing, Logistics and Ports areas represent the largest part of our Training Packages. During the transition process there has been significant work undertaken in the review of the three International Freight Forwarding qualifications and the three Driving Instruction qualifications. In consultation with Safe Work Australia and the state and territory licensing authorities, the thirteen High Risk Work Licensing units have been transitioned to the Standards for Training Packages. The Preparation to Transport Dangerous Goods by Road licensing unit has been fully revised to algn to regulatory requirements in consultation with the Competent Authorities Panel. Units of competency have been developed for tip truck drivers within the Certificate III in Driving Operations and the three Chain of Responsibility (CoR) units have been fully revised in line with legislative changes and industry requirements. The CoR units have been added to qualifications across the Transport and Logisitics Training Package to meet industry’s needs.

From March through to July we provided a series of free RTO Professional Development Workshops right across Australia. In total fourteen workshops were held with over 200 RTO participants attending. The Workshops covered a range of topics including Training Package updates, information on the implementation of the Standards for Training Packages, VET reform, TLISC’s approach to Training Package development and how all stakeholders can be involved in the process, TLISC’s current and new Resources, and the various ways to engage with TLISC. Feedback on the sessions and their content has been fantastic, and it also provided us with an opportunity to hear about implementation issues which we could then offer advice on. Our thanks to those who attended and we look forward to continuing to work with you all to ensure quality outcomes in training delivery

The team has continued to engage closely with industry at all times with attendance and presentations at key industry conferences, forums and meeting. This gives our industry stakeholders a further opportunity to hear about what’s happening in their sectors, and allows them to provide feedback directly to our specialists about current and emerging skills issues.

While it’s been a busy year so far, it has been extremely rewarding to see the hard work of the team at TLISC and our industry stakeholders now coming to the point of release and implementation. While there is still much to be done, we’re pleased to advise that we are well and truly on track to meet our deadlines to transition all of our training packages to the Standards for Training Packages. We look forward to continuing to work hard to support the development of the skills needs of workers and industry.

Paul Walsh
General Manager – Training Packages
03 9604 7207
Paul.Walsh@tlisc.org.au