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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 currently underway 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.

Cross-sector projects

Digital transformation projects

These projects, which are focussed on automation, digital skills, big data and cybersecurity, examine the skills profiles of existing roles, and the digital competency-related requirements of emerging roles in Australia’s developing digital economy.

  • Automation and Digital Skills

The AISC has established a Digital Transformation Industry Reference Committee (IRC) 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 new IRC works with industry to define competencies in areas such as big data, supply chains, automation, digital skills and cyber security.

For more information, visit the Australian Industry Standards website.

  • Big data

The Big Data Cross Sector Project has reviewed current and emerging developments in big data skills, particularly in relation to data management, data analytics and data-driven decision-making, and has identified related skills needs, which are shared by multiple industry sectors. The Case for Endorsement associated with this project has been finalised and submitted to the AISC for approval.

For more information and an update on progress, 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, and identify related skills needs shared by multiple industry sectors. A Case for Endorsement associated with this project has been finalised and submitted to the AISC for approval.

For more information and an update on progress, 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. A Case for Endorsement associated with this project has been finalised and submitted to the AISC for consideration.

For more information and an update on progress, visit the Australian Industry Standards website.

 

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 have identified significant challenges inherent with this project. Based on these findings, a report has been submitted for the AISC for consideration.

For more information and an update on progress, including the case for change visit the Skills Impact website.

 

Teamwork and communication

This project reviewed current and emerging developments in teamwork and communication skills, and other related skills needs shared by multiple industries. The AISC approved five new units of competency at their 4 December 2018 meeting. These are housed in the Business Services Training Package.

For more information, visit the PwC's Skills for Australia website.

 

Inclusion of people with disability

This project investigated how Australia’s VET system could equip educators, employers and customer service providers with the skills and knowledge required to better include people with disability in education, employment and service contexts. In line with the Case for Endorsement, the AISC approved the development of four new disability cross sector units, housed in the Business Services Training Package.

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

 

Consumer engagement via online and social media

Consultation 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.

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

 

Other training package development projects

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: 08 Apr 2020
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