- What is a Training Package?
- What is in a Training Package?
- How can you obtain our Training Packages?
- Why use our Training Packages?
- How are our Training Packages developed?
- How are our Training Packages maintained?
- What advice is available on implementing Training Packages?
- What other information is available on Training Packages?
What is a Training Package?
Our Training Packages provide world-class training qualifications for the Australian automotive industry. They are developed with industry and government input and describe the competencies that individuals need to work in the automotive industry. At present there are two Training Packages for the automotive industry. These are:
- AUM08 Automotive Manufacturing – this training package relates to the vehicle manufacturing industry, including passenger and commercial vehicles.
- AUR05 Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package – this is for individuals and enterprises engaged in the sale, servicing and repair of motor vehicles. This package also applies to individuals and businesses engaged in motorsports, bicycle repair, after market manufacturing and warehousing, outdoor power equipment and collision repair.
What is in a Training Package?
Our Training Packages comprise endorsed components and support materials.
The endorsed components are:
- Units of competency - these are the skills and knowledge needed to perform specific job tasks. For example, a unit of competency may describe the skills and knowledge needed to service and repair the braking system or carry out diagnostic procedures.
- Qualifications – these are groups of units of competency that make up the qualifications required for particular occupations in the automotive industry. For example, the qualification for a Panel Beater is AUR30805 Certificate III in Automotive Vehicle Body. This is made up of 28 units of competency. These include:
- AURC270103A Apply safe working practices
- AURV371481A Implement and monitor environmental regulations and best practice in the body repair industry
- MEM5.4AB Perform routine oxy acetylene welding
- AURV281308A Carry out gas metal arc (MIG) welding procedures
- AURT225667A Use and maintain measuring equipment
- AURT325149A Prepare engineering drawings
- AURV100064A Remove and tag vehicle body system components
- AURV223608A Carry out oxy acetylene welding, thermal cutting and thermal heating procedures
- AURV223808A Carry out soft soldering techniques
- AURV224508A Carry out fabrication of components
- AURV225908A Carry out panel repairs
Typically, qualifications comprise core units of competency [essential units that all learners in a given qualification must undertake] and elective units of competency. Different combinations of elective units of competency may be used to form qualifications that meet individual and enterprise needs. This allows enterprises, individuals and RTOs to build qualifications for existing and new employees that reflect the particular skills required by automotive businesses.
- Assessment guidelines – these set out the automotive industry’s preferred approach to assessment. The guidelines describe how assessment must be conducted and who can be an assessor.
Support Materials – a broad range of training and publication organisations have developed support materials that are designed to help industry and training providers implement the endorsed components of our Training Packages. These include:
- Learning materials such as learner guides and trainer notes in electronic and print format.
- Assessment materials such as assessment tools for units of competency and information of assessment processes.
- Professional development materials such as information for trainers and assessors on best practice learning and assessment approaches in the automotive industry.
How can you obtain our Training Packages?
The endorsed components of our Training Packages may be downloaded free of charge from www.training.gov.au
Why use our Training Packages?
Our Training Packages:
- Meet the skill needs and requirements of the automotive industry
- Comprise qualifications for the automotive industry that are nationally recognised. This makes it easier for learners to move between states and territories and for employers to hire people who have worked for other companies or moved from interstate
- Provide learners with the flexibility to choose how, when and where training is undertaken
- Provide businesses with assurance that training is based on industry endorsed standards
- Enable people to get recognition for skills obtained through work and life experience. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning.
How are our Training Packages developed?
Auto Skills Australia is responsible for the development of the automotive industry’s Training Packages. The Commonwealth Government, through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), contributes to the costs of developing the Training Packages. Industry contributes to the development process by providing technical input into the development of the Training Packages. A small team of specialist advisers is employed by Auto Skills Australia to work with these industry personnel to develop the Training Packages.
To gain national endorsement for our Training Packages, we must provide evidence of extensive consultation and support with industry. This means that employers, trade unions, training providers, regulators and other industry stakeholders must be consulted on the development of our Training Packages. On completion of a quality assurance process, our Training Packages are endorsed by the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) and placed on training.gov.au.
Auto Skills Australia has set up advisory committees and internal processes to ensure the development of high-quality industry Training Packages. This process is described in the Training Package Development Process Chart.
How are our Training Packages maintained?
Auto Skills Australia has set up a continuous improvement process to handle changes to our Training Packages. These changes may result from:
- the introduction of new technologies
- changes in work practices
- innovation in manufacturing processes
- changes in customer requirements
- legislative and regulatory reform
- improved environmental safeguards
- changes in industrial agreements
Through the continuous improvement process, Auto Skills Australia constantly monitors the industry and identifies changes that are required to the Training Packages. This ensures that the Training Packages are always up to date and are able to address the current and emerging needs of individuals and enterprises in the automotive industry.
What advice is available on implementing Training Packages?
Our Training Packages include detailed information to assist training providers to implement training programs based on the content and intentions of the packages.
While our Training Packages are nationally endorsed, the guidelines and policies governing their implementation vary slightly in each state and territory. For example, our Training Package qualifications may be eligible for state government funding arrangements in some states or territories and not in others, depending on local priorities.
Organisations intending to use the Training Package qualifications should contact their local apprenticeship centre to ensure they have the most current information on funding for national qualifications at a local level. See the Australian Apprenticeship Centre website at www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au
Implementation guides provide additional general and state/territory-specific information to assist training providers in delivering our Training Packages. These implementation guides are also available from your local Australian Apprenticeship Centre and describe:
- Qualifications included in the Training Package
- Registration processes and requirements for RTOs
- How to transition from accredited courses or earlier versions of the Training Package to the latest endorsed qualifications
- Timelines for transferring students from old qualifications to new ones
- Sample training programs
- Industry licensing requirements
- Contacts and resources
- apprenticeships and/or traineeships that include competencies or qualifications from the training package.
What other information is available on Training Packages?
Comprehensive information on Training Packages is available at www.training.com.au