Big changes in Vocational training - 1st Feb 2016



Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) will replace the role previously held by Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) in the review and development of Australian Vocational training products, skills standards and qualifications.

All industry sectors across Australia previously were serviced by training packages under 12 Industry Skills Councils. Under this new model, they will be serviced by five SSOs. Forest and wood products and pulp and paper industries are now, as a result of our proposal, a part of the grown and renewable resources sector grouping, which includes arboriculture, conservation and land management, racing, fishing, food and beverage processing, horticulture and all the diverse areas of aquaculture and agriculture.

SSOs will work under a new model which includes supporting a series of Industry Reference Committees (IRCs), who sit at the core of industry engagement.

The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Luke Hartsuyker said. “Industry Reference Committees are at the heart of our national training system and are made up of people with in-depth knowledge, skills and experience in particular industry sectors,”

“The SSOs will work under the direction of an IRCs to help them to consult with employers, analyse key trends and emerging issues, identify the skills sought by employers and develop the technical content of training packages.”

ForestWorks CEO, Michael Hartman said ForestWorks is very pleased to be a part of the alliance that helped create and deliver to industry a newly funded SSO called Skills Impact (SI). Through arrangements with Skills Impact, ForestWorks will now be able to continue to support the development of skills standards and qualifications for our industry.

Skills Impact (SI) is an independent, national SSO for a diverse range of industries based on grown and renewable resources and their value chains.

SI provides services to various IRCs, to develop the skills standards and qualifications for the industries they represent.

Minister Hartsuyker said the new arrangements will cover all of the industries currently serviced by the national training system.



There are some key names in the new model

  • Skills Service Organisations (SSOs)
  • Industry Reference Committees (IRCs)
  • Skills Impact (SI)



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