Subject: AIS Newsletter September 2019

September 2019 Edition
September 2019

It has been a very exciting time for the VET sector in recent weeks.
AIS congratulates the 15 talented young Australian Skillaroos on their performance in the 45th WorldSkills International Championships in Russia last month. Australia finished 8th overall of 66 countries in the average points score, winning one silver and three bronze medals and 9 medallions of excellence.

As Minister Michaelia Cash said recently, the ‘VET sector in Australia is world class’ and the outcomes are evident when you see our talent showcased on the world stage.

World-first qualification in Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in Aviation Training Package update

The development of a new qualification - Certificate IV in Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) - by the Aviation Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by AIS and approved by the AISC, is believed to be a world-first.
New Training Package Development Projects

As a direct result of the 2019 Skills Forecasts & Proposed Schedule of Work submitted by the Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) AIS supports, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved the five projects listed below (in addition to the 24 projects approved in June) and commissioned Training Package development work to commence.
Life Skills for a Digital Future - Podcast

New digital technologies, including information and communication technologies, artificial intelligence and robotics are reshaping the way people live, work and learn. The future of work is enhanced by machines and shaped by humans. It is therefore essential to ensure everyone has the right skills for a globalised digital future. There will be need for a mix of both technical and non-technical skills.

ESI Generation IRC Chair Profile

“Learning and personal growth is something that I am passionate about. I think we all need to grow and learn throughout our lives, and so it is important that workplaces, and the national VET system, make this learning real, achievable and rewarding. That is what I come to work for.”  - Richard Harvey.

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 Generation IRC, Richard Harvey.
New IRC Chairs elected

AIS welcomes the election of new Chairs for the Water and Rail Industry Reference Committees.
George Wall, Managing Director at Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) is the new Chair of the Water IRC, following the retirement of John Harris. 
Carol Hedrick, RTO Team Leader at Queensland Rail, has been elected as the new Chair of the Rail Industry Reference Committee.
Skillaroos WOW international crowds in Kazan, Russia

Huge congratulations to the 15 talented young Australian Skillaroos who placed 8th overall of 66 countries in the 45th WorldSkills International Championships in Russia last month.

AIS Backs National Skills Week

AIS CEO Robert Adams said National Skills Week (26 August – 1 September) was an important opportunity to highlight the diverse skills that can be achieved through vocational education qualifications and pathways, and to recognise the sector’s contribution to Australian lives, businesses and economic growth.

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

ESI Generation
ESI Transmission, Distribution and Rail
Public Safety
Transport and Logistics

Upcoming Meetings - 2019
19 September


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