Subject: AIS Newsletter February 2020

February 2020 Edition
February 2020

Welcome to the first AIS Newsletter for 2020.

During the summer break many of our stakeholders have made outstanding contributions to the massive efforts in fighting the catastrophic fires that have raged across the country as well as supporting communities affected. In particular, the fires have brought into sharp focus the skill and courage of firefighters and emergency services personnel. 

IRC Update: The year ahead
Paul Walsh - AIS Chief Operating Officer 

With Christmas and New Year break now well behind us, it’s time to look forward to what’s ahead in 2020.
There are many exciting projects underway, led by the Industry Reference Committees (IRC), and supported by thousands of industry experts across the various stages of skills identification, development and implementation from right across Australia. 

Skilled aerial firefighting crews are critical to saving lives

The long and unrelenting bushfire season throughout the country has brought into sharp focus the skills and courage of firefighters. Particularly in hard to access areas, the role of aviation resources such as large airtankers has proven to be critical.
Future skilling correctional services

The Corrections industry is a highly dynamic and diverse work environment. It demands a broad range of skills from its employees, as was identified in the Corrections Industry Reference Committee’s (IRC) Skills Forecast. Since then work has been underway to modernise the occupational skill standards for the industry and in January, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Skills Council endorsed a revised Correctional Services Training Package.
Reviewed Water Industry qualifications endorsed

The water industry that supplies and treats water and wastewater is rapidly evolving and the skills required to deliver these critical services are also on the move.

The Water Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has successfully completed a project to review the qualifications at a Certificate II (entry level) and Certificate III (trade level), ensuring the workforce has the right skills for the supply and treatment of Australia’s water and that it remains world class. 

Inclusion activities rolled out in vietnam

In December 2019, AIS Global delivered a series of workshops in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam focused on improving the inclusion in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector of women, people with disabilities and the rural disadvantaged, including disadvantaged ethnic minority peoples in Vietnam.
ESI Transmission, Distribution and Rail IRC Chair Profile

In this month’s newsletter we continue a series of profiles featuring the Chairs of each of the 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) we support. This month we profile the Chair of the ESI Transmission, Distribution & Rail IRC, Peter Woods, Principal Assessor, Electrical Distribution Unit, Sydney Trains. 
National Skills Week 2020

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for National Skills Week on August 24 - 30.

Now moving into its tenth year, National Skills Week will again bring to life the positive messages of VET, highlighting the talents, the skills, the career pathways and the value of apprentices and trainees across Australia to the wider public and employers. The week is dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning. 
Transition period extended for Public Safety qualifications

On 22nd January 2020, Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Commissioners agreed to extend the transition period of the PUA12 Public Safety Training Package qualifications and skill sets listed below until 17th July 2021.

Project activity updates on the IRC projects listed below have been posted on our AIS website since the last newsletter.

Transport and Logistics - Rail
Transport and Logistics

Upcoming Meetings - 2020
Transmission, Distribution and Rail
ESI Generation
Transport and Logistics
12 February 2020
13 February 2020
14 February 2020
20 February 2020
27 February 2020
6 March 2020


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