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  2. AIM OF THIS PRESENTATION • To facilitate discussion on the future strategic direction of the MEM Review • To outline the outcomes of consultations during the Scoping Stage • To present a future program of MEM work for consideration and discussion

  3. “BROAD BRUSH” RESULTS OF SCOPING • No real call for radical change to the basic structure of the MEM Training Package • Support for MEM structural elements including: • Use of points for non –technician units and qualifications • Retention of broad-based qualifications with relatively few core units and significant elective choice • Core units primarily covering generic underpinning skills. • Retention of prerequisites • Concept of current allocation of units into groups in qualifications based on the previous concept of banding

  4. “BROAD BRUSH” RESULTS OF SCOPING (2) • A lack of consistency in responses in relation to: • multiple prerequisite pathways • Concept of dual banded units • Support for continued editing of “critical trade” units to clarify trade focus • Significant calls for: • example /typical elective pathways • advice on progression between qualifications • provision of more explanatory material

  5. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS • All MEM units will need significant editing / rewriting to meet latest policy requirements for inclusion in a new MEM Training Package • For each unit this work may require additional required skills and knowledge, evidence guide, etc. information even if the content of the unit does not need updating/changing • This work is not optional and is not the focus of this presentation but needs to be taken into account when considering a work plan for the Review

  6. OTHER TASKS To BE undertaken irrespective of strategy options • Development of new licensed electrician, & refrigeration trade qualifications • Consideration of new content suggestions • Review of existing content • Review of Core • Review of packaging rules • Review of multiple prerequisite pathways • Redevelopment of Diploma and Advanced Diploma technician qualifications • New CAD/Drafting qualifications and units


  8. Future Directions Option 1: Fine tuning or “steady as she goes” • Maintain current structures • Only address changes that have been specifically identified i.e.: • Changes requested in consultations and responses in scoping • Changes in response to policy developments and regulatory requirements • Builds on current familiarity and support for MEM

  9. Steady as she goes option PROS: • Reassures those that rely on the familiarity of the current MEM Training Package • Allows some new content but most change would be in technician areas or areas motivated by regulatory changes • Maximises current broad based approach CONS: • Harder to sell as looking to the future – is more reactive • Doesn’t provide an obvious response to current economic and technological pressures such as the two speed economy, skill shortages, and new and emerging industries that may require new or refocused MEM trade and technical skills (e.g. CSG, Defence projects etc.)

  10. Option 2:re-invigoration • Stronger focus on the future while keeping current strengths • Recognise MEM’s traditional role as a facilitator and leader of bi-partite training related changes to improve productivity • Recognise calls for more guidance, more pathways, more explanatory material, more qualifications, as also evidence of difficulty of some users are having in matching MEM05 to their needs

  11. What is meant by re-invigoration • Recognition of MEM’s role in: • Work preparatory training • Skilled worker entry level training • Facilitation of career pathways and up-skilling through progression training • All current MEM qualifications can be categorised as intended for either a 1 or 2 role • Need to recognise that the current MEM05 does 2 better than 1 or 3 • Recognition that the degree of change required to meet policy and regulatory required changes (e.g. in electrical trade area) create an opportunity and not just a challenge

  12. Future MEM Strategy Concepts • Three levels of products: • Work preparatory:Products may be targeted to both school and VET systems and are not aligned to full industry competence but ready an individual for initial employment and further training • Skilled worker qualifications: the first level aligned to sector occupation / job • Extension training qualifications:a progression from the skilled worker qualification.

  13. Two –pronged re-invigoration strategy • Further improve work preparatory and entry level training • Re- organise MEM progression training to: • Explicitly recognise growth areas • Incorporate latest technologies • Simplify structures • Encourage skill development

  14. Proactive strategy option PROS: • Can be sold as responsive & provides leadership • Future looking while building on current support base • Continues to provide solid all round training in key entry areas of traineeship, apprenticeship and cadetship CONS: • Bigger job • May encourage push for separate qualifications from different sectors


  16. PRODUCTION Current Proposed Progression mostly dependent on additional technical skills Strong demand for non MEM qualifications e.g. Process Manufacturing and Competitive Manufacturing (now CSP) qualifications Progression requires companies and learners to separate out technical (MEM) and non –technical (e.g. CSP) skill strategies Confusion over two AQF 2 production qualifications Result is that production entry level training works better than production up- skilling training Greater access to CSP skills, for application with technical skills Progression emphasis to be supported through: updating of packaging of underpinning skills Inclusion of CSP units e.g. to adapt, contribute to projects, work with others, provide customer service, understand quality, communicate well Review of production technical units to capture any technology changes and new sectors Clearer advice on targeting of production qualifications


  18. TRADE PATHWAYS Current Proposed Support for current apprenticeship related Certificate III qualifications as entry skilled worker training Certificate III - Electrical /Electronic qualification will need rewrite because of attitude of regulators Majority of tradespersons are employed at the special class level or higher Lack of obvious and targeted pathways for post-trade skill development Growing call for higher trade skills that address economic and technology priorities New electrical and electronic Certificate III trade related qualifications for regulatory requirements Addition of new and targeted Certificate IV qualifications to address post trade specialist skills needs in areas identified as economic priorities e.g. Resources Infrastructure Systems and Equipment Defence Systems and Equipment Rapid and emerging technologies (rapid prototyping and other additive technologies) Sustainability systems Establish clearer pathways advice for progression through trade, technician and professional occupations

  19. Trade pathways - current

  20. Trade pathways - proposed

  21. Trade pathways - proposed

  22. TRADE PROGRESSION PRIORITIES • Mining & resources engineering (mechanical & fabrication) • Defence Industries (communications, logistics, materials, technology etc.) • Electronic & communication technologies (emphasis on control technology, systems integration and human – machine interfaces etc.) • Sustainability related engineering

  23. Technician / paraprofessional pathways Current Proposed

  24. Re-invigorate -How? New pathways for modern operations Provide more development units that build on a solid grounding of the basics, and progress to skills and outcomes that target specialised industry needs. Development options include: • New qualifications • New units • New streams or skill sets • New explanatory advice

  25. FIELDS Maintenance & Diagnostics Installation & Commissioning Machine & Process Operations Casting & Moulding Planning Drawing, Drafting & Design Surface Finishing Metal & Engineering Competency Standards FIELDS Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Occupational Health & Safety Quality Measurement Materials Handling Fabrication Core Foundation Forging Communication Training Assembly

  26. FIELDS Jewellery Boat Building Watchmaking Metal & Engineering Competency Standards FIELDS Locksmithing • Surface Finishing