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Key initiatives

Overview

This section links to information on training package development activities and initiatives of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee and its network of Industry Reference Committees (IRCs).

This includes cross-sector projects and other training package
review and development initiatives. The cross-sector projects
aim to address common skills needs shared across industries.
Cross sector projects also minimise duplication of units,
consolidate existing units and remove units that are no longer
being used.

 

Active cross-sector projects

Digital transformation

The AISC established a Digital Transformation Expert Panel to advise on workforce and vocational skills needs, and opportunities arising from Industry 4.0 and evolving technologies such as robotics, drones and remote operation systems. The Panel’s approach will consider what’s already working well, both here and internationally, consulting with industry to understand ‘how Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) system can most effectively respond to digital change underway across industry and its impact on the nation’s workforce’.

For more information, visit the Digital Skills Formation website, managed by Australian Industry Standards.

 

Environmental sustainability

This project focuses on current and emerging developments in environmental sustainability skills, the skills required to support transition to a sustainable economy. Its aim being, to identify skills needs shared by multiple industry sectors, related to environmentally sustainable products, manufacturing and waste processes, sustainable energy production, and the natural environment.

Following consultations with the IRCs about environmental sustainability, particularly related to the skill standards and qualifications for which they are responsible, the Environmental Sustainability Expert Panel identified significant challenges inherent with this project. Based on these findings, a report, including recommendations was submitted to the AISC for consideration. The AISC have proposed the formation ofan expanded panel to coordinate future work on environmental sustainability, including considering the findings of the report and progressing priority areas for new training product development.  This expanded panel will also develop a reporting framework for environmental sustainability skills to be reflected in future IRC skills forecasts.

For more information and to view the Environmental Sustainability Expert Panel Report, visit the Skills Impact website.

 

Consumer engagement via online and social media

Through extensive consultations this project sought to identify the common skills needs of industries in relation to consumer engagement through online and social media has occurred. The intent being, to modernise Training Package Products related to online and social media engagement skills.  Consultations with industry stakeholders have been completed and the Final Case for Change has been submitted to the AISC for endorsement.

For more information and to access the Final Case for Change, visit the SkillsIQ website.

 

 

Completed cross-sector projects

Big data

This project investigated the emerging developments in big data skills, particularly in relation to data management, data analytics and data-driven decision-making. In line with the Case for Endorsement, the AISC approved the development of nine new big data cross sector units and two new skill sets, housed in the Business Services (BSB) Training Package.

For more information and to view the Case for Endorsement, visit the PwC's Skills for Australia website.

 

Cybersecurity

This project sought to reduce duplication across the national VET system by reviewing current and emerging developments in cybersecurity skills, particularly in relation to data confidentiality, protection and privacy. In line with the Case for Endorsement, the AISC approved the development of eight new cybersecurity cross sector units, housed in the Business Services (BSB) Training Package.

For more information and to view the Case for Endorsement, visit the PwC's Skills for Australia website.

 

Supply chains

This project examined the implications of major changes to skills requirements, occurring both across and within supply chains. In particular, this project focused on changes driven by automation, robotics, big data and other new technologies. These disruptive technologies have compelled supply chain related industries to innovate and find new efficiencies to meet consumer demand and remain competitive. This project sought to develop skills sets and units of competency that enable this innovation, and which are applicable to a range of industry sectors. In line with the Case for Endorsement, the AISC approved sixteen new supply chain cross sector units of competency and ten new skill sets, housed in the Transport and Logistics (TLI) training package.

For more information, visit the Australian Industry Standards website.

 

 

Other training package development projects

COVID-19 Emergency Response Sub-committee

The AISC is ensuring Australia’s national training system is well positioned to address the workforce challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn.

An AISC Emergency Response Sub-Committee was established on 3 April 2020 under the direction of the COAG Skills Council to enable short-term and urgent adjustments to qualifications and training package requirements to respond to areas of critical workforce and skills needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sub-committee recognises that there is a greater need than ever to reskill and upskill workers, particularly where their jobs have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The sub-committee notes that young people and women have been particularly affected.

The sub-committee is also exploring opportunities to support any urgent and unmet skills needs of businesses as they seek to adjust to the significantly altered economic environment.

For more information and an update on progress, visit the AISC website.

 

Training packages under review

The National Schedule details the training package review and development work currently underway and commissioned by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) following advice from its network of Industry Reference Committees (IRCs).

 

For more information on AISC initiatives and any recent announcements please visit the AISC website.

Updated: 10 Aug 2021
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