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Updated Meat and Food Processing Purchasing Guides now on TSN

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

tsn_main_logoPlease see the two new Purchasing Guides for Victoria – covering FDF10v3 and MTM11v2. Go to the TSN website to download.

FDF10 Food Processing Industry Training Package – Version 3 includes new qualifications and units for Sugar Milling Industry Operations as follows:

  • FDF11012 Certificate I in Sugar Milling Industry Operations
  • FDF21012 Certificate II in Sugar Milling Industry Operations
  • FDF31012 Certificate III in Sugar Milling Industry Operations

There are also new Units for:

  • Grains (Malting)  and
  • Operations (Brewing)

MTM11 Australian Meat Industry Training Package, Version 2.

Version 2 includes one new unit: MTMP3004A – Assess effective stunning and bleeding. This unit has been added to the elective banks of

  • MTM30511 Certificate III in Meat Processing (Slaughtering) and
  • MTM30611 Certificate III in Meat Processing (General).

The following units have been recoded and titles updated to reflect current industry nomenclature:

  • MTMP3001D – Stun Animal
  • MTMP3039D – Eviscerate wild game field shot carcase
  • MTMP411B – Inspect wild game meat.

Thank you to Trevor Lange, the Curriculum Maintenance Manager (pictured), and Philip Davey for their work on these two Guides. Please forward this to any relevant colleagues/trainers/employers.

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AgriFood 2012 National Conference registrations are now open

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

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Hosted by AgriFood Skills Australia, this year’s conference will be on held on Thursday 20 September 2012 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Sydney. The conference dinner will be held the preceding evening Wednesday 19 September at the conference venue.

Themed Disruption or evolution the program will feature high-profile speakers and panellists discussing industry issues around structural change currently taking place in the agrifood industry.

Key note speakers and panellists include The Hon Tim Fischer AC, Barry Irvin, CEO Bega Cheese Ltd, and Phillip Adams. Additional speakers will be confirmed in the near future. Additions to the conference program will be published here.

Registrations
Registrations are now open through a secure online site, where payment can be made securely by credit card. Click here to register.

tim fischer Conference registrations will close 5:00 PM Friday 14 September 2012.
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Have your say – review of Standards for Regulation of VET – due 13 July 2012

Friday, June 15th, 2012

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From the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) website, 8 June:

On the 8th of June 2012 the Nationals Skills Standards Council (NSSC) commenced the review of the standards for the regulation of VET.

* The current standards for the regulation of VET have served their purpose in supporting the growth of a dynamic and diverse VET sector that has responded to industry needs for nationally recognised training and qualifications, and has provided access and opportunities to individual learners.

*The standards for the regulation of VET and the associated regulatory approach need to continue to evolve to ensure that current and future RTOs continue to deliver high quality training and assessment services thus ensuring that the reputation of the sector is maintained and that employers and industry continue to value the VET qualifications held by individual students and employees.

* While the NSSC acknowledges that the standards for the regulation of VET, in particular those for RTOs, have been amended a number of times over the past 5-10 years, it is considered timely that a broad ranging review occur, that considers the regulatory standards as a whole.

* The review is broad ranging and encompasses standards for Registered Training Organisations, Data, an VET Regulators. It will consider not just the content of the standards in isolation but importantly also how they are applied, implemented and interpreted in practice

Face to face consultations are being held with federal and state/territory governments, VET regulators, Industry Skill Councils, Peak Bodies and other stakeholders in June and July.

Click here to see full NSSC Review webpage.

AgriFood Skills Australia is making a submission and welcomes input from any industry and training stakeholders. There is a Feedback Form to assist. See contact below to request this.

In order to allow sufficient time to review and consolidate input, please provide your comments to Jeannie Cotterell by COB Friday 6 July 2012.

Jeannie Cotterell
General Manager, Product Development and Implementation
jeannie.cotterell@agrifoodskills.net.au

Phone: 02 6163 7235
Mobile: 0459 981 293


FDF10 updated purchasing guide available now.

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
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Andrew Pajic, Bakers Delight, and Andrew O’Hara, Phillipa’s Bakery/BIAV President, strongly support industry take up of the new Certificate IV in Advanced Baking

The Higher Education and Skills Group have approved Version 2 of the FDF10 Food Processing purchasing guide, and it is now available from the Training Support Network website.

From Higher Education and Skills Group:

The following changes in Version 2 of the FDF10 Training Package are reflected in this VPG:
New qualifications and/or units for:

  • Cheese making (units only)
  • Wine Industry Operations
  • Food Safety (units only)
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Advanced Baking

Revised qualifications (with new codes) for

  • Food Processing
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Food Processing (Sales)

This VPG is presented in a new template. As a result, matters relating to qualification mapping, transition arrangements, imported units and Apprenticeship and Traineeship details are no longer included.

Click here to access the new Purchasing Guide on the TSN website.


Vic Report on stakeholder views re new VET funding

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

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From The Australian website:

VICTORIANS don’t want to go back to the old centrally managed VET system. But they’re not sure the new demand-driven system is training people properly, an expert report has revealed.
Quality concerns were the “major reoccurring theme” in consultations about recommended changes to the state’s VET fees and funding arrangements, according to the report by education professor Gerald Burke and former TAFE chief Peter Veenker.
“The general thrust of the Victorian Training Guarantee was not questioned and the return to the former capped model was not advocated,” the expert panel reported.
“[But] there is a widely held sector view that the integrity of the VET system is at risk without more effective quality assurance.”
The report summarises stakeholder views on 43 recommendations from the state’s Essential Services Commission.
In October the state government controversially implemented several of the recommendations before promised consultations had taken place.

Victorians don’t want to go back to the old centrally managed VET system. But they’re not sure the new demand-driven system is training people properly, an expert report has revealed.

Quality concerns were the “major reoccurring theme” in consultations about recommended changes to the state’s VET fees and funding arrangements, according to the report by education professor Gerald Burke and former TAFE chief Peter Veenker.

“The general thrust of the Victorian Training Guarantee was not questioned and the return to the former capped model was not advocated,” the expert panel reported.

“[But] there is a widely held sector view that the integrity of the VET system is at risk without more effective quality assurance.”

The report summarises stakeholder views on 43 recommendations from the state’s Essential Services Commission.

In October the state government controversially implemented several of the recommendations before promised consultations had taken place.

Click here to read the Expert Panel’s report “Public Response to the Essential Services Commission’s VET Fee and Funding Review Report and Recommendations” by Gerald Burke and Peter Veenker, link at bottom of the web page.

Click here to read the full article on The Australian website, 16 January.


FDF10 Version 2 Endorsed

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

The FDF10 Food Processing Version 2 Training Package was endorsed by the National Skills Standards Council at its 26 October 2011 meeting.

It is expected that FDF10v2 will be published on training.gov.au on Friday 4th November.


Establishment of the National Skills Standards Council

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Australian GovernmentFrom the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website:

Minister for Skills and Jobs, Senator Chris Evans, has announced the establishment of the new standards setting body for the vocational education and training (VET) sector which will improve quality and consistency of VET regulation throughout the nation.

“The National Skills Standards Council will advise Commonwealth (NSCC) and state and territory Ministers with responsibility for vocational education and training on the development of national standards for the regulation of vocational education and training,” Senator Evans said.

The key functions of the National Skills Standards Council are to:

  • develop and maintain national standards for regulation of vocational education and training for approval by SCOTESE and provide advice to SCOTESE on development and implementation of the standards;
  • provide information, through SCOTESE, to the regulators of vocational education and training on the implementation and interpretation of the national standards and on issues of quality standards generally in the vocational education and training sector;
  • provide information to the vocational education and training sector on the national standards and any changes to the standards;
  • provide advice to SCOTESE on the operation of the regulators of vocational education and training;
  • endorse national training packages

“The NSSC has an expert membership that will maximise its independence and objectivity in the setting of national standards,” Senator Evans said.

“The appointments have been made after extensive consultation with states and territories and key stakeholders.”

The membership of the NSSC has been drawn from academia, industry, the VET sector and government.  Members have been be appointed on the basis of their own expertise, providing a good balance of skills and perspectives relevant to the Council’s work.

Click here to read the full article on the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website.


Review of Competitive Manufacturing – Feedback due 23rd September

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

From Manufacturing Skills Australia (email):

Review of Competitive Manufacturing – consultation drafts of the new Competitive Systems and Practices units and qualifications available

A major review of the Competitive Manufacturing Qualifications and units has been undertaken that has resulted in a significant rewriting in response to feedback from users and to meet new Training Package Development Policy. The changes have been based on recommendations and feedback received during the project scoping.

In addition, as a result of a national survey conducted by MSA, Competitive Manufacturing has been renamed Competitive Systems and Practices (CSP). This change reflects recommendations to widen the scope of the qualifications and units from their current emphasis on manufacturing. The new Competitive Systems and Practices units and qualifications will be endorsed in the Sustainability Training Package MSS11.

The explanatory paper and consultation drafts are available on the MSA website – the feedback period closes 23rd September. We anticipate that this body of work will be finalised in October and endorsed by the end of 2011.

Click here to access the explanatory paper and consultation drafts on the Manufacturing Skills Australia website.


AQF 1st edition – Our education and training system unpacked

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

From the Licensing News Update:

1 July marked the  commencement of the new Australian Qualifications Framework, First Edition.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.

The new Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the result of two years’ development and consultation by the AQF Council, led by the Hon John Dawkins AO. It sets out recognised qualifications in Australia, from senior secondary certificates of education to VET and higher education.

The AQF First Edition July 2011 is now available on the AQF website here [PDF: 1.77MB]

Click here to read the full article on the Licensing News Line News website. Each level of qualification is defined and described, to show how they sit together in one national system.


Brewing Industry Feedback Sought on new Training Package: deadline 15 July

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Malting and Brewing industry representatives are invited to provide feedback to the new Training Package materials by 15 July using the Feedback Form on the AgriFood website.

The Validation Draft is now available on the website for your consideration.

Click here to read the summary of changes and provide feedback on the Agrifood website.


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