Earlier this month, Assistant Minister for VET, Steve Irons, spent some time with the AMCA touring the new HVAC Centre of Excellence at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE in Victoria.
The AMCA invited Assistant Minister Irons following his appointment to the VET portfolio earlier this year, as it provided an opportunity to demonstrate the most advanced training facility for mechanical plumbing and building commissioning in Australia.
Executive Director of AMCA Australia, Mr Sumit Oberoi, thanked Assistant Minister Irons for taking the time to tour the facility.
‘Opportunities like this are invaluable because they make a real and lasting impression’, Mr Oberoi said.
‘When standing in a facility like the HVAC Centre of Excellence, not only can you see the amount of time, effort and resources that have gone into it, but you get a genuine sense of the benefit to the student of training in such a cutting-edge environment’.
‘Assistant Minister Irons left with a better understanding of what it takes to ensure that industry has access to the skills, technologies and teachers it needs—that’s a good thing.’
Mr Irons' tour of the HVAC Centre of Excellence comes on the back of a Government report released in March which identified ways in which Australia’s investment in VET could better provide Australian businesses with the skills they need.
Authored by Stephen Joyce, former New Zealand minister for education and skills, the Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow Report provided 71 recommendations which formed the basis of a six-point plan to transform VET so it can provide students with skills that reflect the needs of employers.
The plan centres on:
- strengthening quality assurance
- speeding up qualification development
- simplifying funding and skills matching
- providing better careers information
- providing clearer secondary school pathways into VET
- providing greater access for disadvantaged Australians.
Many of the recommendations focused on how to expedite the process of upgrading qualifications.
The AMCA is currently participating in the Technical Advisory Committees for both the Plumbing and Electrotechnologies Training Packages, which are both due to be finalised by the end of 2019.