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Brewing and Distilling Qualifications
Defining the national skills standards
The Australian brewing and distilling industry has the opportunity to play a key role in developing skills standards and qualifications to support their job roles for the long-term.
Qualifications and skill standards for brewing and distilling are being reviewed and developed as part of a national project, funded by the Australian Department of Education and Training.
In recent years, the increase in popularity of artisanal beer, cider, distilled spirits and other beverages and foods has exposed skills gaps in national vocational qualifications, skill sets and units of competency.
The Artisanal Food and Beverage Project will look at the skills and knowledge requirements in these unique sectors to identify and fill gaps.
Initial development work on this project has begun. A series of consultation workshops and webinars will take place in February to gather feedback on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units. If you work in the brewing industry, we’re keen for your opinion on whether the documents properly describe your rob role and skills. The workshops are free to attend, and are taking place in various locations around Australia.
Please use the links below to register for a workshop near you or a webinar that suits your schedule. For more information visit the project webpage.
Face-to-face consultation workshops:
Tues 5 Feb, 10am – 1pm – Launceston – register here
Wed 6 Feb, 10am – 1pm – Hobart – register here
Tues 12 Feb, 10am – 1pm – Sydney – register here
Wed 13 Feb, 10am – 1pm – Melbourne – register here
Tues 19 Feb, 10am – 1pm – Fremantle – register here
Wed 20 Feb, 10am – 1pm – Adelaide – register here
Tues 26 Feb, 10am – 1pm – Brisbane – register here
Wed 27 Feb, 10am – 1pm – Canberra – register here
Thurs 7 Feb, 10am – 12pm – register here
Thurs 7 Feb, 1pm – 3pm – register here
Thurs 14 Feb, 2pm – 4pm – register here
Your Input Matters!
Want to be involved in defining the skills standards of your job role? The more people involved in the brewing industry who provide comments, the closer the qualifications will be to meeting these objectives. Participating in these projects ensures that students and workers will have a qualification that is recognised as evidence that that they are well prepared, sufficiently skilled and able to work effectively in the rapidly changing environment of the food and beverage manufacturing and processing industry.
Who is Skills Impact?
Skills Impact is a national not-for-profit Skills Service Organisation (SSO), contracted by the Commonwealth Government. They work in collaboration with industry, government and training providers, to review and develop units of competency, skill sets and qualifications, for use by industry and the vocational training and education sector.
The Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee is overseeing this project, as part of their responsibilities to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure projects meets industry stakeholder needs.
Skills Impact is like the bridge between industry and the Department of Education and Training, supporting industry to maintain a suite of relevant qualifications and skills standards. Skills Impact talks to different associations, manufacturers, managers, workers and their unions, gaining insight into skills gaps and changes in industry.
Keeping the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical (FBP) Training Package and its qualifications up-to-date and responsive requires forecasting what these industries will be doing in five to ten years’ time.