Evolving industry based qualifications
Every industry is covered by a network of groups that aim to gather industry intelligence that helps focus the creation of industry specific qualifications on actual skill needs in demand by employers.
A key part of this work are Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) which are made up of employers, and other organisations active within an industry, who provide direct insights into the performance and skill needs of an industry sector.
The work of IRCs is supported by Skill Service Organisations (SSOs) which help articulate this information into competencies and qualifications. SSOs also publish industry based research and information.
This structure aims to align industry needs with qualifications, including those delivered as Australian Apprenticeships. This helps ensure that apprentices and trainees are training in skills that provide employers with productive staff.
Employers can become involved in IRCs related to their industry or a specific industry sector. This provides employers with a way of directly affecting how future apprentices and trainees are trained.