Certificate III in Appliance Servicing (UEE 32111) Apprenticeship in Western Australia

The UEEA Training Council, Appliance Servicing Industry and Energy Skills Solutions are happy to announce the commencement of the UEE 32111 Certificate III in Appliance Servicing apprenticeship in Western Australia.

The Certificate III in Appliance Servicing was established as a Class A qualification in 2010, however delivery is unavailable in Western Australia and apprentices are required to attend training in Queensland or New South Wales. This training is inflexible, cumbersome, time consuming and cost prohibitive.

Manufacturers were using small teams of their own technicians and in some cases contracting out warranty work to the appliance service specialists. Not having the apprenticeship delivered in WA, has led to the appliance service industry having serious skill deficiencies, which in turn has had an adverse effect on product reputation.

Enormous efforts by all stake holders has gone into getting the training to this level, including the Department of Training and Workforce Development who have approved the funding for this apprenticeship.

Energy Skills Solutions will commence training for their first group of apprentices on Monday 2nd October 2017. Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) will also be available for existing employees.

For further information on the Certificate III in Appliance Servicing apprenticeship, please contact: Jonathan Andrews, Director, Energy Skills Solutions, PO Box 2857, MALAGA 6944.                    T: (08) 9209 3833,  M: 0421 717 287, E:  jonathan@energyskillssolutions.com.au

 

 

WorldSkills Australia to Feature on Better Homes and Gardens – Friday 15th September at 7.00 pm

WA took out a swathe of medals at the 2016 Nationals , so if you have the time on Friday please watch the segment , our very own Mark Harper was Head Judge for Automotive VETis Competition.

 

WorldSkills to feature on Better Homes and Gardens – Friday 15th September at 7.00 pm

WorldSkills Australia is proud to announce that the 2016 National Competition will feature in the Better Homes & Gardens episode airing this Friday 15th September 7pm. This is quite a milestone for our organisation to be featured as part of a prestigious national program, and on such a significant platform.

As the only television and magazine collaboration on air, Better Homes and Gardens has a collective reach of over 7.8 million people. With over 700,000 followers on Facebook alone, we’d like to help make this become the most watched Better Homes and Gardens episode this year. This is where we need your help. 

The episode looks fantastic and we want to capitalise on the extra attention WorldSkills and the Australian skills community will experience from this unprecedented exposure.

To help us reach the largest audience possible, we encourage you to please feel free to promote the episode through your networks. If you aren’t already following us on social media, we have included all our social media handles below, along with all the Better Homes and Gardens social media information.

We will be releasing teasers for the episode via social media throughout the week.

WorldSkills creates opportunities for people to become the very best version of themselves. This extra exposure will promote all the hard work our volunteers and competitors put into everything they do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electrotechnology Project Update – Public Consultation

The Electrical Technical Advisory Committee has progressed the work to transition the Certificate II Electrotechnology (Career Start) and Certificate III Electrotechnology Electrician Qualifications and associated Units of Competency, and the drafts are now available for public consultation and feedback.

To view the units and to submit your feedback, please click here.

Jason Lazar
Industry Manager
Australian Industry Standards
M 0417 903 566
E jason.lazar@australianindustrystandards.org.au

 

Energy Sector Training Package Transition Projects

The Electrotechnology Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and the ESI Transmission, Distribution and Rail IRC are commencing the next stage of the UEE11 Electrotechnology and UET12 Transmission, Distribution and Rail Sector Training Package Transition Projects.

Regular project updates will be available on the AIS Website.

Please click here for more information on the UEE Electronics and Computers project.

Please click here for more information on the UET Certificate II & IV project.

If you have any questions about these projects, or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), please contact Jason Lazar as follows:

Jason Lazar
Industry Manager
Australian Industry Standards
M 0417 903 566
E jason.lazar@australianindustrystandards.org.au

Survey – Technology and Innovation – The Impact on WA Industry and its Workforce

 Purpose of the survey:

Provide information from key stakeholders across WA Industry, in terms of how they see innovation and technology shaping the future workforce needs of their organisation, their industry and the WA economy.

The survey will assist in answering the following questions:

  • How current and emerging innovation and technology advances are changing the nature of work in some of WA’s key industries and in particular, the demand for future skills and jobs; and
  • Appropriate education and training strategies and policy changes, which will ensure that these workforce needs are met in the future.

Who should fill it out?  Industry associations, business leaders, innovation and technology specialists, research institutions and education providers

By when?  26th February 2017

How long will it take to complete?   10 minutes

Link to the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WAinnovationandtechnology

 

 

 

Technical Security and Fire Protection Industries

Buckle up for a tsunami of acronyms!!  But before we begin, please note that Government is asking for feedback about STRUCTURE only… they are not asking for nominations from individuals/organisations/businesses.

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) continues to establish the new Industry Reference Committees “IRCs” for individual sectors.  The IRCs generally follow the same structure as the existing Training Packages.

In this case, you may know that (some) technical security and fire protection qualifications are contained in the CPP Property Services Training Package which is allocated to Artibus Innovation – the new Skills Service Organisation (SSO).  So, the AISC seeks to confirm the structure of the Property Services IRC.   This Training Council tends to work closely with the Finance and Property Services Training Council in these areas as there are multiple training pathways to some occupations.

The proposed IRC will comprise the following sectors:

  • waste collection, treatment and disposal services
  • property operations and real estate services
  • architectural, engineering and technical services
  • security public order and safety
  • swimming pool and spa servicing
  • facility management
  • surveying and spatial information services
  • building cleaning and pest control
  • fire protection
  • strata management and
  • access consulting

Our Training Council has an interest in all sectors in bold.  The table below shows the proposed membership structure (total 13 members).  Please remember that any technical work required (e.g. the review of a waste qualification) will have to be supported by a Technical Reference Group of some kind… so don’t be worried that the table below depicts the extent of industry engagement!  On that note, it is important for our Training Council to support your industry too… so we would look to engage and provide facilitation of WA feedback to a specific project.

cpp-irc

What do you think?  Do you have any feedback?  I have to admit that the our slice of this pie is very small, so I my immediate thoughts are that the associations noted above appear to be reasonable, and that perhaps there’s some room for an industry representative in the ‘enterprise positions’.

Please provide any feedback to us by 5 December 2016

Click Here for the AISC notification

Security Installers Class 2 Licensing

surveillance-warning-sign-300-x-300mmimagemain-300I just realised that I haven’t explained the work the UEEA recently completed for the WA Police in relation to Technical Security licensing.  I was ably assisted by the Finance and Professional Services Training Council (FAPS) and extend my thanks to Bronte Cox for her wisdom.

In July WA legislation was updated to replace the current requirements to apply for a Class 2 Technical Security Installer/Consultant License.  Having engaged with RTOs and industry representatives, I’m pleased that we were able to very quickly set a minimum standard from which all stakeholders can continue to work from.

The advice provided by this training council is founded on the following principals:

  1. WA Police is not the regulator of training programs or organisations – that falls to TAC and ASQA.
  2. That competency to perform work is best judged by training providers and RTOs.
  3. That the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is recognised as the registering authority for cabling activities.
  4. That any training requirement imposed on industry is not onerus, and seeks to replace the content of examinations currently administered by WAPOL.  A skill set was considered appropriate.
  5. That WA Police is best placed to continue ensuring applicants are fit and proper and will continue to conduct probity checks.
  6. That RTOs currently offering technical security training are not disadvantaged through this work to declare an approved training program.

As a result, this training council firmly recommended that training provided to industry is aligned to national Vocational Education and Training Standards, providing assurance that there is oversight of training delivery and assessment through national and state VET regulators.

Applicants are offered two pathways:

A course is undertaken that contains the following competencies# as a minimum:

  • CPPSEC2021A Install security equipment and systems
  • CPPSEC2023 Install CCTV equipment and systems
  • CPPSEC2026A Perform routine maintenance on security equipment and system

Or

  • UEENEEE101A Apply occupational health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • UEENEEE102A Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
  • UEENEEE105A Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
  • UEENEEE107A Use drawings, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
  • UEENEEH150A Assemble and set up basic security systems

# Unit codes and titles are correct at this time. Where a unit is replaced in future, the equivalent unit will be recognised.

Communication:

The WAPOL licensing website has been updated immediately to identify the change in regulation and the newly approved program. The advice includes a transition period that allows applicants to continue to undertake the current examination until 31 December 2016.  Please click here to view the landing page for  security licensing.

 

Future Improvements:

The exercise was very interesting, highlighting where regulation was not quite keeping pace with technological change (which in turn has affected the tasks undertaken by various workers in the sector).  The Training Packages (CPP and UEE) were also left a little wanting in some areas as they too had not kept  pace with technology.

Our industry representatives were keen to assist to further review definitions in the regulations.  There is also the possibility for more work to be done to increase the competency standards required upon entry (at the point of licensing).

Updates to Traineeships likely soon!

This is preliminary advice that the UEEA will soon be submitting advice to the State Training Board that seeks to address some anomalies with the nominal duration for a number of traineeships in the Electricity Supply, Gas supply and Electrotechnology industry sectors.

The issue was actually raised some time ago under an instruction to review and make recommendations on ‘harmonising’ nominal durations of traineeships.  The UEEA held back on the analysis of the traineeships that used UEE, UEP, UET and UEG qualifications due to expected changes to the training package.  However, it seems the time is right to make some amendments as there are some issues with the current settings.

In short, WA traineeships appear to have significantly shorter durations than in other states.

The changes proposed will largely formalise what already happens.  That is, the relevant Certificate III level qualification is effectively a pre-requisite.   For many traineeships, this will result in the public register noting two distinct timeframes for contracts – one where a pre-requisite is met (the existing shorter timeframe will remain) and one where the trainee has not completed the relevant lower qualification (the harmonised duration).

If you have an interest in any of the following qualifications, please let me know asap:

  • UEE40111 Certificate IV in Computer Systems
  • UEE40611 Certificate IV in Electrotechnology – Systems Electrician
  • UEE40711 Certificate IV in Electronics and Communications
  • UEE40911 Certificate IV in Industrial Electronics and Control
  • UEE41511 Certificate IV in Video and Audio Systems
  • UEE42611 Certificate IV in Hazardous Areas – Electrical
  • UEE42911 Certificate IV in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
  • UEE40411 – Certificate IV in Electrical –
  • UEE50111 Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
  • UEE50411 Diploma of Electrical Engineering
  • UEE50511 Diploma of Electronics and Communications
  • UEE60411 Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
  • UEE60211 Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • UEE62211 Advanced Diploma of Electrical – Engineering
  • UET60212 Advanced Diploma of ESI – Power Systems
  • UEP40312 Certificate IV in ESI Generation Maintenance
  • UEP40512 Certificate IV in ESI Generation Maintenance
  • UEP50212 Diploma of ESI Generatoin (Operations)
  • UEP50412 Diploma of ESI Generation Maintenance
  • UEG40114 Certificate IV in Gas Supply Industry Operations
  • UEG50114 Diploma of Gas Supply Industry Operations
  • UEG60115 Advanced Diploma of Gas Supply Industry Operations

Industry Consultant Position Available: Electrical and Utilities

 

For those that have worked with Trevor over the past few years with EUPA and the UEEA, I know you will be sad to see him go.  He has worked tirelessly in the electrotechnology space and will be missed.  Trevor is completing his final few weeks and will shortly leave us, which opens an exciting opportunity for someone else.

Please feel free to consider the vacancy and/or pass on to others that you know could contribute to our industry sectors.

Please click here to view the advertisement (seek)

Electrotechnology Industry Draft 4 Year Work Plan

electrotech-planAustralian Industry Skills have released the draft 4 year work plan for the Electrotechnology Industry.   The UEEA would like to hear from you directly should you have any feedback for this process.

Unfortunately, we are not provided with much time and so I ask for your attention at the earliest opportunity.  The UEEA must provide feedback no later than 28 September 2016 (next Wednesday).

Click here for the PDF Draft 4 Year Plan


The plan picks up on new and emerging methods for powering equipment, renewable energy, communications and even electric vehicles.  It will be interesting to see how that last issue is managed across the automotive and electrotechnology sectors.  We also know that the sector is heavily regulated to ensure safety of workers and the public.

There are many disciplines within this sector, but obviously the largest occupation being the electrician.  This means that construction activity has a major effect on employment conditions for the majority of workers.

Other sectors covered by this training package include equipment repair and maintenance and telecommunications.

I was surprised to see that female representation in the workforce has actually fallen since the mid-1980 (by proportion).  Literacy and numeracy are noted issues that I think WA would agree with, but I’m not sure if we are suffering the ageing workforce or difficulty with attraction and retention that is highlighted?

As for priority skills, data and voice communications was ranked number 1.  This is somewhat pleasing for us here because we have worked hard to elevate the status of the qualification starting with school students.


Please note that the most immediate action will be the transition of the UEE11 training package to the 2012 standard.  That involves 87 qualifications!  Further planning has not yet been undertaken as the IRC has not yet been formally formed.

The UEEA has been busy with some of the smaller niche occupations including those in electronics, appliances and technical security.  The larger electrician occupation has now fallen from ‘state priority’ status due to the changing economic conditions.

What are the immediate skills issues for us to address in electrotech?  Are changes centred largely around alternative energy and telecommunications?  Is the role of the electrician changing before our eyes?  Personally, I wonder if the package has too many qualifications??!!  Are we at a point where occupations are converging enough to offer less qualifications with specific streams for specialisation?