Industry Training Demand Profile



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Part 6 Industry’s top priorities for the public training system

    • AQUACULTURE

How many people require training and when (if relevant)?

Numbers of people that need to be trained - Aquaculture

Occupation
Qualification
Annual demand by region 2007-09
South
N/NE
N/NW
Totals

Priority I
















Fish Farm Attendants

Cert III in the SFI Aquaculture SFI30104

50

10

15

75

Commercial Divers – Aquaculture

6 unit skill set from Cert. III in the SFI Aquaculture (SFIDIVE-301A, 302A, 304A, 305A, 306A &307A)

15







15

Machinery handling for fish farms

RTE3309A Operate Machinery in Adverse Conditions, RTC3310A Operate Specialised Machinery & Equipment & TDT1097B Forklift.

25

5

5

35

Wader Safety

Course in Use Waders Safely (Nat Code 69845)

25

5

10

40

Food Safety

See processing













Coxswain Inc Coxswain Restricted 5

TDM20101 Certificate II in Transport & Distribution (Maritime Operations)

60

20

16

96

Skipper 3/Master V

TDM30101 Certificate III in Transport & Distribution (Maritime Operations)

10

2

2

14

Marine Engine Driver Grade 3

TDM20201 Certificate II in Transport & Distribution (Marine Engine Driving)

7







7

Marine Radio Licence (MROCP)

TDMME501A Transmit & Receive Information by Radio or Telephone. 3

20

5

5

30

Senior First Aid

TDM10101Certificate I in Transport & Distribution 3 (Maritime Operations) unit from.

25

15

10

50

Elements of Shipboard Safety

TDM10101Certificate I in Transport & Distribution (Maritime Operations) 5 units from Cert. II TDM 3

95

20

15

130

Priority 2
















Marine Engine Driver Grade 2

TDM30201 Certificate III in Transport & Distribution (Marine Engine Driving)

4







4

Fish Farm Attendants

Cert I in the SFI Aquaculture SFI10104 or TDM10101Certificate I in Transport & Distribution (Maritime Operations)1

10







10

Fish Farm Supervisors

Cert IV in the SFI Aquaculture SFI40104

5

1

1

7

Priority 3
















Workplace Trainer & Assessor

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAA40104)

5







5

Commercial Divers – Aquaculture

Cert IV in Occupational Diving (Onshore Diving Supervisor)

80440ACT: ACOO-1391



10







10

Commercial Divers – Aquaculture

The Certificate III in Occupational Diving, Advanced Underwater Work to 30m 80432ACT (AS2815.2R)

5







5

Workplace Employee Safety Rep

Non accredited WPS Tas requirement

5







5

1The alternative TDM qualifications will be used in most cases.

2 These figures include the demand for Coxswain Restricted, and the endorsements for; 3 x 30 Nautical miles, Diesel and full Coxswain.

3 The demand given for these qualifications does not include these units when they will be delivered as part of another qualification. (eg. Coxswain)

What will meeting this priority achieve?


Upskilling existing workers.

Provide appropriate skills for new Entrants.

Meet OH&S and food safety requirements.

Meet the Employers statutory requirements for licensing.

Help maintain the skills base required to produce 24,041 tonnes of farmed product. The fish farming sector has a farm gate value of $248m and now represents 60% of the total value of Tasmanian seafood production. (DPIW 2006 Fisheries Statistics).

What current action is in place to address this priority?


Employer and employee training needs are being met by Tasmanian RTO’s for both traineeship and licensing qualifications.

Access to appropriate qualifications for traineeships is excellent in terms of cost, location, unit choice and contextualisation.

Combined with the above, the provision of Competitive Bids and TasSkills Investment programs have at a minimum maintained and in most cases improved access to all industry training priorities.

What further action is required and what are the consequences of not taking it?


Maintaining the level of State funding* is essential if the enthusiasm for training is not to diminish as companies tighten their belts to meet market pressure for lower prices and shareholder demand for higher profits.

Improve access to funded (non User Choice) training by investigating and implementing an improved funding model.

Establish a forum of RTO’s and Government to scope the feasibility of a new model that takes the best aspects of User Choice and TasSkills.

(Client freedom of choice of a range of RTO’s, multiple locations, times,

numerous funded providers, etc) and implement it for the industry priorities.

*(Apart from diver training where some reduction to the funding provided may be needed if current trends continue)


    • Seafood Processing

How many people require training and when (if relevant)?


Occupation

Qualification

Annual demand by region 2007-09

Southern Tas

N/NE


N/NW

Total

Priority I
















Seafood Processors

Cert I in the SFI Seafood Processing SFI10504

40

15

15

70

Seafood Processors

Cert III in the SFI Seafood Processing SFI30504

12







12

Seafood Processors Team Leaders

Cert IV in the SFI Seafood Processing SFI40504 (skills set SFIPROC404B & SFIPROC405B)










8

Priority 2
















Fork Lift

TDTD1097B Operate a Forklift

10

5

5

20

Priority 3
















Workplace Employee Safety Rep

Non accredited WPS Tas requirement

5







5

Trainer & Assessor

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAA40104)

5







5

What will meeting this priority achieve?


Providing the State funds for these priorities will;

  • Provide access to food safety training for Aquaculture processors especially shellfish that will meet the food safety legislation planned for May 2007. This will address the needs of both new and existing entrants.

  • Provide funds for a limited number of Certificate III trainee places. This will take into account demand expressed by Huon Aquaculture.

  • Provide funds for Certificate IV qualifications at both trainee level and for management and food safety skill sets.

  • This sector has as yet no fixed view of the best method to deliver the training required. The training needs of the processing side of Aquaculture are under review by the major fish farmers and any demand indicated should be seen as indicative only and subject to change.

What current action is in place to address this priority?


Qualifications on offer from Tasmanian RTO’s include Certificates I, II, III & IV from the Seafood Industry (Seafood Processing).

Resources are available if and when interest eventuates.

State funding exists for;


  • skills sets at Certificate I,

  • Certificates II, III & IV traineeships.

What further action is required and what are the consequences of not taking it?


That existing employees have access to User Choice funding for new apprenticeships. Either fund existing employees or change the definition of “new” to include those employed for more than 3 months full time to an least those employed for one year full time.

Continue with Certificate III & IV user choice funding for new employees

Introduce State funding for skill sets from the Certificate IV in the Seafood Industry qualification. Especially SFI40504 (skills set SFIPROC404B & SFIPROC405B)

Promote traineeships and basic food safety to the industry.

Failure to fund will impede access to training for this sector at the lower levels and reduce the skills levels and the uptake of new apprentices at the higher levels. If the needs of seasonal/ casual workers are not addressed the whole sector will have difficulty maintaining skills required to produce a product that meets market demands.

Part 7 Higher education

Information on demand by industry for skills that is being met by higher education



AQUACULTURE
Qualifications offered by the School of Aquaculture, University of Tasmania:

Associate Degree in Aquaculture (AssocDegAqua)

Bachelor of Aquaculture (BAqua)

Bachelor of Aquaculture with Honours (BAqua(Hons))

Bachelor of Aquaculture and Bachelor of Business (BAqua-BBus)

Graduate Diploma in Aquaculture (Grad DipAqua)

Master of Applied Science in Aquaculture (MAppScAqua) – Coursework & dissertation

Master of Applied Science (Aqua) (MAppScAqua) - research

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Other courses in which aquaculture units may be taught (including double degrees) include:

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Bachelor of Environmental Science (BEnvSc)

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Law

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Teaching

Degrees containing a research component (BAqua Hons, MAppScAqua, PhD) may be jointly supervised with other staff in the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute (TAFI) and or with researchers in CSIRO and other research organizations nationally or internationally and or with industry-based researchers.


Environmental management in relation to aquaculture is addressed in four degree units

  • Ecology of Aquatic Sustainability,

  • Ecology of Aquatic Systems,

  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology,

  • Aquaculture Policy and Operations),

while research in this area is covered by the research degrees.
A new course currently being developed by the School of Aquaculture with the Graduate School and the School of Management (Faculty of Commerce) is the Master of Business Administration (Aquaculture). This course combines twelve management units with four aquaculture units and is designed for aquaculture professionals seeking management training. The Bachelor of Aquaculture – Bachelor of Commerce double degree (above) also offers training in business and management.
Overview of the School of Aquaculture:

The School of Aquaculture (SOA) is a member of the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute (TAFI), a joint venture between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian State Government. It is the only tertiary School dedicated to aquaculture teaching and research in Australia and is arguably the best aquaculture university course in the southern hemisphere. The School utilizes teaching, laboratory and Aquaculture Centre facilities to deliver theory and hands-on course material. Course content is developed in consultation with Industry, providing a mix of production and management techniques, aquaculture science and research findings. Nine academics together with several doctoral and post-doctoral staff are responsible for the delivery of the courses through a combination of lectures, hands-on practicals, projects, skills training, industry field visits and seminars by industry, research and government personnel. Many of the courses provide a nexus between research (industry based and strategic) and teaching.

The courses offer training for personnel who wish to work in production, policy, environmental monitoring, business, management and research facilities in the potential positions of farmhands, farm supervisors and managers, R&D officers, researchers, educators and associated positions. The SOA coursework courses combine theoretical and practical approaches in the fields of aquatic biology, aquatic ecology, species (finfish, molluscs, crustacean, algae, live feeds) culture techniques, hatchery and grow-out techniques, aquaculture engineering, biotechnology, policy and operations (business planning), fish health, nutrition, physiology, aquaculture management, chemistry, biostatistics, computing and microbiology.

All course based qualifications contain a professional placement program in industry. In addition to the professional development, courses emphasize the importance of global issues, critical thinking, communication skills, and other generic skills. Undergraduate students undertake a number of workshops to prepare them for study at university, improve written and oral communication skills and prepare them for entry into the workplace by promoting industry tickets, job application skills and career planning.

Course content is regularly assessed by an external advisory committee comprising industry, academic and government representatives.

The SOA has strong links across the aquaculture industry and with other state, national and international research organizations. Industry links are facilitated through consultancies, research links and strong representation on Cooperative Research Centres (AquaFin CRC and the Aquaculture CRC) and several FRDC sub-programs, the School successfully managing a number of CRC, ARC, FRDC and other nationally competitive grants. Research projects are developed with industry and are undertaken on-campus, at other TAFI facilities, at interstate research facilities or on farms.


Specific workshops are organized in response to industry demand and have included aspects of salmonid culture, fish health and algal culture workshops.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons))

Bachelor of Environmental Science (BEnvSc)

Master of Environmental Management (MEnvMgt)

Graduate Diploma of Environmental Planning (GradDipEnvPl)

Master of Environmental Planning (MEnvPl)

Graduate Certificate of Environmental Studies (GradCertEnvSt)

Graduate Diploma of Environmental Studies (GradDipEnvSt)

Graduate Diploma of Environmental Studies with Honours (GradDipEnvSt(Hons))

Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness (BNatEnvWildStud)

Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness with Honours (BNatEnvWildStud(Hons))

Graduate Certificate of Natural Environmental Management

Graduate Diploma of Natural Environmental Management


FOOD TECHNOLOGY

Bachelor of Biotechnology


Information on demand by industry for skills that could be, but is not being met by higher education


There is no obvious demand by industry for skills that are not being met by higher education.

Information on existing, likely or possible articulation from VET to higher education


No formal agreement exists for any articulation between Seafood Industry (Aquaculture) and Transport and Distribution (Maritime Operations) VET qualifications and any tertiary qualifications in Tasmania.

Certificate III and Certificate IV in the Seafood Industry (Aquaculture) are the most likely candidates from all Seafood Industry qualifications to be recognised as meeting the requirements of entry into an Associate Degree or Degree program.



“The School of Aquaculture (UTas) recognises previous learning in aquaculture related courses and many students have received credit for units. Consideration of each application and discussion with applicants individually allows the best balance between previous learning and experience, and credit to be achieved”. (Dr John Purser University of Tasmania. School of Aquaculture.10/11/2006)


Updated February 2007
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