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News Service 52 – Electro Regional Workshop Orange 10 May, Big change to MEM TP, ASQA webinar, Case for Change Utilities TPs, Complexities of electricity market, 1st Female Apprentice RAC, Electrical Safety Incidents, Industry Developments, Safety Pledge

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  1. UE – PRACTITIONER REGIONAL WORKSHOP IN ORANGE – 10 MAY 2021
  2. UPDATED MEM TRAINING PACKAGE MANDATES APPRENTICESHIP PATHWAY FOR TRADES
  3. ASQA’S REGULATORY APPROACH WEBINAR
  4. CASE FOR CHANGE – UTILITIES TRAINING PACKAGES (FEEDBACK SOUGHT)
    1. GAS TRAINING PACKAGE
    1. ESI TRANSMISSION, DISTRIBUTION AND RAIL TRAINING PACKAGE
    1. ESI GENERATION TRAINING PACKAGES
  5. TRANSFORMING THE NATIONAL ELECTRICITY MARKET: HAVE YOUR SAY ON POST 2025
  6. FIRST FEMALE APPRENTICE AT BSA
  7. ELECTRICAL SAFETY INCIDENTS – SHARING THE KNOWLEDGE
  8. HYDROGEN FOR GENERATION
  9. ELECTRICAL SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR ADVERTISERS
  10. ACCC – MYDEAL.COM.AU JOINS THE AUSTRALIAN PRODUCT SAFETY PLEDGE
  11. GMG PARTNER WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND TO DEVELOP SUSTAINABLE ALUMINIUM-ION BATTERY

1. UE – PRACTITIONER REGIONAL WORKSHOP IN ORANGE – 10 MAY 2021

As reported in News Service 51 plans were underway to hold a regional workshop in Orange on the roll-out of the new Electrotechnology Training Package.  Arrangements have now been completed and we thank TAFE NSW for providing and hosting the venue.  The event will be held as follows:

DAY:                               MONDAY

DATE:                             10 MAY 2021

TIME:                             10.00AM TO 2PM (30-MINUTE LUNCH BREAK)

VENUE:                          TAFE NSW- WESTERN INSTITUTE
Forest Road Campus, 1587 Forest Road, Orange NSW 2800

ROOM: WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD IN THE GREEN SKILLS CENTRE,
Wirrimbirra room (ORA-1FF.G.20) and Wamarragu (ORA-1FF.G.22) (MAPPED ATTACHED)

VIDEO URL: Exploring options for video link for those unable to travel to the venue (will advise shortly).

WHO CAN ATTEND:    All stakeholders are welcome – TAFE NSW staff, Private RTO staff, Training Services NSW staff, employers, unions, etc.

AGENDA: Roll-out of the new Electrotechnology Training Package – issues and challenges

A copy of the Workshop details and Agenda are attached including the map.  If you are wishing to attend formally or via a video link (which we are looking to confirm as available), please advise Tony Palladino via email at: tony@uensw.com.au ASAP of your preferred option.


2. UPDATED MEM TRAINING PACKAGE MANDATES APPRENTICESHIP PATHWAY FOR TRADES

The updated Manufacturing and Engineering (MEM), March 2021 has included a mandated apprenticeship pathway in 13 trade-based qualifications.  These qualifications state, “this qualification must be undertaken through a Training Contract or through formal trade recognition assessment processes”.

The qualifications include the following:

  1. MEM30219 Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade
  2. MEM30319 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade
  3. MEM30619 Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture
  4. MEM30719 Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction
  5. MEM30819 Certificate III in Locksmithing
  6. MEM30919 Certificate III in Boating Services
  7. MEM31019 Certificate III in Watch and Clock Service and Repair
  8. MEM31119 Certificate III in Engineering – Composites Trade
  9. MEM31219 Certificate III in Engineering – Industrial Electrician
  10. MEM31319 Certificate III in Refrigeration and Air conditioning
  11. MEM31419 Certificate III in Engineering – Fixed and Mobile Plant Mechanic
  12. MEM31518 Certificate III in Engineering – Toolmaking Trade
  13. MEM31819 Certificate III in Engineering – Casting and Moulding

The inclusion of a Training Contract requirement in order to undertake and complete these important industry-based qualifications, is a significant achievement for the Manufacturing and Engineering industry.  The SSO working with the Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Reference Committee (IRC) stated in its 26 April 2021 media release, ‘Manufacturing trades get a skills boost’, “Apprentices will be trained to meet new standards that reflect contemporary job roles in manufacturing industries as the result of the biggest update in skills qualifications for manufacturing trades in over a decade.  Ministers for Skills have approved the new qualifications developed by the Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Reference Committee (IRC) supported by IBSA Manufacturing.  For employers, these changes will lead to a more productive workforce in the future.

The changes come at a vital time as critical skills shortages are being felt around the country and having industry relevant training packages are a vital part of the solution.

18 updated qualifications are now available, 13 specifically designed for apprenticeships, giving apprentices more relevant skills for today’s workplaces.”

“This marks a big step in ensuring our trade apprentices will be better equipped with the skills they need for today’s workforce. We will be releasing further significant updates to manufacturing qualifications over the coming months.”  Kristian Stratton, Chair, Manufacturing and Engineering IRC.

For more information of this significant development in trade training visit:  MANUFACTURING TRADES GET A SKILLS BOOST

The Manufacturing and Engineering (MEM) can be accessed at:  https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/MEM


3. ASQA’S REGULATORY APPROACH WEBINAR

ASQA has advised it is holding on Thursday, 13th May 2021 a webinar involving the senior leadership team focussing on the recent improvements to ASQA’s regulatory practice.

The first 30-minutes will feature ASQA’s Deputy CEO Christina Bolger, outlining ASQA’s regulatory reform including:

  • the implementation of ASQA reforms to regulatory practices and what this means for providers,
  • how we understand and respond to risks to quality VET – our Regulatory Risk Framework and operating model,
  • discussion on how we will now approach performance assessment (audit), compliance and our approach to reviewing decisions.

The second half (30 minutes) of the webinar includes a live question and answer session which will allow us to answer your questions about our latest regulatory reform.

Webinar details:
Date: Thursday 13 May
Time: 1pm to 2pm AEST
Duration: 1 hr
Hosted by: Steve Maillet
Speakers: Christina Bolger

Please register online to attend this webinar conducted via GoToWebinar and Slido.

The full webinar will be uploaded to ASQA’s website after the event for you to view at any time.

For enquiries about this webinar, contact events@asqa.gov.au.


4. CASE FOR CHANGE – UTILITIES TRAINING PACKAGES (FEEDBACK SOUGHT)

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) has circulated three advisories regarding the request for feedback of the proposed ‘Cases for Change’ of the Gas, ESI Transmission, Distribution and Rail, and ESI Generation Training Packages.  The Cases for Change will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for consideration at its meeting in June 2021.  The advisories are as follows:

4.1. GAS TRAINING PACKAGE

The Gas Industry Reference Committee has developed a Case for Change for Training Package development work to address priority skills needs in the occupational area below and is seeking your feedback on Industry Skills.

Please submit your feedback by close of business Tuesday, 11 May 2021.

View Case for Change and submit feedback

4.2. ESI TRANSMISSION, DISTRIBUTION AND RAIL TRAINING PACKAGE

The ESI Transmission, Distribution and Rail Industry Reference Committee has developed Cases for Change for Training Package development work to address priority skills needs in the occupational areas below and is seeking your feedback on the following:

  • Transmission Structures
  • Refresher Skills
  • Power and Network Systems

Please submit your feedback by close of business Tuesday, 11 May 2021.

View Case for Change and submit feedback

4.3. ESI GENERATION TRAINING PACKAGES

The ESI Generation Industry Reference Committee has developed a Case for Change for Training Package development work to address priority skills needs in the occupational area below and is seeking your feedback on Control Room Operations.

Please submit your feedback by close of business Tuesday, 11 May 2021.

View Case for Change and submit feedback


5. TRANSFORMING THE NATIONAL ELECTRICITY MARKET: HAVE YOUR SAY ON POST 2025

The Independent Chair of the Energy Security Board, Dr Kerry Schott AO has circulated a media release inviting stakeholders to have their say on the post 2025 market design options paper.  Dr Schott writes, “In around three months, the Energy Security Board (ESB) will be providing final recommendations for comprehensive reform of Australia’s energy markets to ministers on the Energy National Cabinet Reform Committee.

In the two years since energy ministers requested this work, we have been heartened by deep and broad engagement of the sector with countless hours of consultations and sincere commitment to addresses the challenges we face.

But while we have all been working, the pace of change has only accelerated.

At the end of 2020, electricity demand on the grid was at its lowest level in almost 20 years. At the same time we had record high wind and solar output.

The combined impact of large scale renewables such as solar, wind, hydro and batteries, and small scale renewables that now collectively represent the biggest generator in the national electricity market (NEM), resulted in significant displacement of thermal generation, evidenced by the lowest NEM emissions on record.

Change is happening for a range of reasons, all interconnected in quite complex ways – and they are pushing the system to its technical limits. We can no longer keep trying to put a square peg into a round hole without serious threats to reliability, affordability and system security. The old NEM is no longer fit for purpose.”

Dr Schott enlists a sense of urgency on the reform agenda ahead stating, “We can’t keep kicking these challenges further down the road. The time for deliberation is almost over. We need to put the road rules in place so everyone can get where they need to go as congestion increases.”

Whilst on face value the issue might not seem significant, in fact they are and substantial growth in the renewable sector inputting into the network is causing engineering concerns and noted stakeholders need to stand up and present their case.  Dr Schott rightly states, “We can no longer keep trying to put a square peg into a round hole without serious threats to reliability, affordability and system security. The old NEM is no longer fit for purpose. The new decentralized, increasingly renewable power system is here already, marked by consumer activism and waves of retail innovation that will not be letting up – just as we have seen with mobile phones, the ‘uberisation’ of other services, and digitalization of all kinds.”

Energy Networks Australia (ENA) chimed in by Energy Networks Australia (ENA) welcoming the release of the Energy Security Board’s (ESB) Post 2025 Market Design Options Paper, with ENA Chief Executive Officer Andrew Dillon saying the report sought to guide a new architecture for the energy system to bring it into a renewables-ready future in the short, medium and long term.

“The ESB has recognised the critical roles transmission and distribution networks play in the transition to a grid that supports more large scale renewable generation and customers’ increasing adoption of rooftop solar, batteries and smart appliances,” he said.

“Distribution networks are coping with increasing two-way flows on their system and will continue to play a more dynamic role to optimise local grids.

“New transmission is sorely needed to allow for the timely and stable delivery of renewable power.

For more information visit the following links:


6. FIRST FEMALE APPRENTICE AT BSA

Sandra Rossi, Editor at Climate Control News (CCN) reports on a inspirational story of a first female apprentice at Broadcast Services Australia (BSA) in Queensland, to take on a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning career.  Stephanie Peters landed.

Rossi reports, “Peters went on to study both arts and law subjects at university and even tried her hand at working in an office. But she wasn’t satisfied until she discovered a career in refrigeration and air conditioning.”

Read more about this great story.


7. ELECTRICAL SAFETY INCIDENTS – SHARING THE KNOWLEDGE

The NSW UE ITAB has again been fortunate this month to be provided with the latest electrical incident reports from BluScope Steel.  As stated previously the NSW UE ITAB has received permission from BlueScope Steel to share the information.

The aim is to help RTOs and industry practitioners have available, real case electrical incidents that occur in workplaces that they can showcase in their programs or safety moments to highlight findings and how responses are actioned to occurring events.

The NSW UE ITAB again, sincerely thanks BlueScope Steel For their permission, and advises RTOs and industry practitioners to ensure they recognise attribution to BlueScope for sharing this information and treat the information for educational purposes only. 

As we receive the incident reports, we will continue to share them accordingly.

For this News Service we have two Blue Scope Steel reports covering February 2021 and March 2021.  For more information and BlueScope contact details please refer to Tony Palladino (tony@uensw.com.au) for more information.  Again, a sincere thanks to BlueScope.


8. HYDROGEN FOR GENERATION

The latest Energy Networks Australia (ENA) and Australian Energy Council (AEC) newsletter EnergyInsider reports on some challenges that remain in promoting its use in generation.  The newsletter synopsis states, “Hydrogen is currently enjoying extraordinary political and business momentum, with the number of policies, national plans and projects growing. The Federal Government announced support for hydrogen hubs and has previously released a National Hydrogen Strategy. With its lack of carbon emissions, there is momentum for its use in generation – but some challenges still remain.

Read more.

For more, contact Carl Kitchen, Australian Energy Council


9. ELECTRICAL SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR ADVERTISERS

Sean Carrol at Electrical Connection reports on a factsheet Energy Networks Australia (ENA) has released, which looks at the importance of the safe depiction of electricity use in advertising.

The news article states, “The factsheet outlines the do’s and don’ts when using electricity in advertising including not representing electricity in a way that would seem inviting to children and not put them at risk.”

This important guide is very useful for writers of publications representing the use of electricity. 

Read more.


10. ACCC – MYDEAL.COM.AU JOINS THE AUSTRALIAN PRODUCT SAFETY PLEDGE

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) recent Product Safety Australia Media Release welcomed the addition of another online player to commit to strengthening product safety on its marketplace and protecting consumers from unsafe products, by signing the Australian Product Safety Pledge (the pledge).  ACCC state, “MyDeal joins the four inaugural pledge signatories – AliExpress, Amazon Australia, Catch.com.au and eBay Australia, who signed the pledge in late 2020. Together with MyDeal, these businesses account for a large share of online shopping sales in Australia.”

About the pledge

The pledge (modelled on a similar initiative in the European Union) is a voluntary initiative that aims to protect Australian consumers from safety risks when shopping online, by strengthening product safety measures across online marketplaces. It commits signatories to certain product safety related responsibilities and reporting on the outcomes of their product safety measures.

Read more about the pledge.

The 12 pledge commitments

E-commerce businesses who have signed the pledge are taking steps to ensure consumers have a safe and trusted online shopping experience by committing to 12 key actions (also known as commitments) to improve product safety across their marketplace.

Find out more about the 12 pledge commitments.


11. GMG PARTNER WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND TO DEVELOP SUSTAINABLE ALUMINIUM-ION BATTERY

This month’s Manufacturing Monthly reports on an exciting new research and manufacturing development activity into battery technology.  The article synopsis states, “ Graphene Manufacturing Group (GMG) have revealed a research agreement with the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) for the manufacture of graphene aluminium-ion batteries.”

Read more.