Three new training package projects started
Reviewing and updating units of competency
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved three new projects to review and update units of competency:
• Prefabricated Building
• Cross laminated Timber Building Systems Project
• Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Safety Compliance Project
Technical Advisory Committees are being established for each project, to provide technical input to the review and development of units, skill sets and qualifications. If you are interested in applying to be a technical expert for any of these projects and are able to volunteer your time, please email details of your expertise to the relevant Project Manager. (See details on the ForestWorks’ project webpage).
Broad industry consultation is scheduled to commence in February and March next year for each of these new projects, when draft units will be made available for comment on the Skills Impact website.
Prefabricated Building Systems Project
This project will review and update units of competency for timber truss and frame design and manufacture, to reflect emerging industry skill requirements, including prefabrication of panelised building systems, so that all job functions are accurately described.
The increased development of panelised building systems and changing manufacturing processes, driven by the strong demand in building construction, has resulted in the demand for specific skills to operate Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment, use of tools for onsite product installation, management of prefabrication processes and providing advice for regarding product conformance.
Cross Laminated Timber Building Systems Project
This project will review and update units of competency relating to cross-laminated timber (CLT) and Glulam production, to incorporate the skills and knowledge that is required to operate machinery, so all job functions are accurately described.
Growing building construction activity and use of timber as the dominant structural material has been a notable driver for timber products demand, particularly the new generation of engineered wood products – cross-laminated timber (CLT) and Glulam.
Capital investments in new processing and manufacturing plants for CLT and Glulam have also increased, requiring specific skills to operate machines and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment and to manage different stages of the production processes.
Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Safety Compliance Project
This project will review units of competency from the PPM Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Training Package with regard to occupational health and safety, so they reflect current industry skills standards and practices and all job functions are accurately described.
There are many and varied
Timelines November 2017
December 2017 – January 2018
Development of draft materials
Industry consultation of draft materials
Industry validation of final drafts
Finalisation of training package components
April – May 2018
Independent quality assurance, and edit and equity review of training package components
health and safety risks and hazards pertaining to pulp and paper manufacturing sites, including hazardous chemical use, extreme heat and steam, and use of large machinery. The project will update specific skills and aspects with the current workplace health and safety requirements for a range of specialist paper making and pulping processes.
Many pulp and paper manufacturing sites are recognised by Worksafe Australia as major hazard facilities and it is crucial that the training package reflects the requirements set out to maintain that licence, and in other legislation, regulations and codes of practice.
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement