Three new train­ing pack­age projects started

Re­view­ing and up­dat­ing units of com­pe­tency

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

The Aus­tralian In­dus­try and Skills Com­mit­tee (AISC) has ap­proved three new projects to review and update units of com­pe­tency:

• Pre­fab­ri­cated Build­ing

Sys­tems Project

• 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

Ini­tial scop­ing

De­cem­ber 2017 – Jan­uary 2018

De­vel­op­ment of draft ma­te­ri­als

Fe­bru­ary 2018

In­dus­try con­sul­ta­tion of draft ma­te­ri­als

March 2018

In­dus­try val­i­da­tion of fi­nal drafts

April 2018

Fi­nal­i­sa­tion of train­ing pack­age com­po­nents

April – May 2018

In­de­pen­dent qual­ity as­sur­ance, and edit and eq­uity review of train­ing pack­age com­po­nents

June 2018

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

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