Two projects are underway to review qualifications, skill sets and units of competency for the seafood and aquaculture industry.
Skills Impact is seeking industry feedback on the current and existing qualifications, skill sets and units that will be reviewed as part of each project. They would like to know what changes or updates should be made to the components so that they meet the skills needs of the industry. In particular, they are seeking feedback about the units that are subject to deletion. If there is a need for these units, please provide comment explaining why and also any views you may have as to why there are so few enrolments. Please visit the project webpages (linked below) to view the components and provide your feedback. Your feedback will be drawn on to help draft the revised versions which will become available for industry consultation from July – August 2018.
Aquaculture, Fishing Operations & Biosecurity Project
This project will review 12 qualifications, 13 skill sets and approximately 104 units of competency within the SFI Seafood Industry Training Package, so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.
A focus of this project will be to incorporate skills to address changes in technology, legislative and regulatory requirements and environmental sustainability and management. The project will also include a review of qualifications and units of competency directly related to biosecurity.
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Seafood Post Harvest Project
This project will review 8 qualifications, 1 skill set and approximately 49 units of competency within the SFI Seafood Industry Training Package, so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.
A focus of this project will be to incorporate skills to address changes in distribution, processing, storage, fishing and environmental management.
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The projects are being managed by Skills Impact and led by the Aquaculture and Wild Catch Industry Reference Committee
Industry Site Visits
The Skills Impact team have been visiting key organisations over the past few weeks to discuss the skills, operations and functions of job roles in the seafood and aquaculture industry. This information will help to shape the revised qualifications, skill sets and units of competency.
Recent site visits have included Gazander Oysters, Western Abalone, Southern Ocean Express and Odyssey Fisheries.
Skills Impact staff, Michelle Ingley-Smith, Rosalie Staggard and Wayne Jones, visiting Steve Thomson, Owner of Gazander Oysters and Member of the Aquaculture and Wild Catch IRC, and Mark Enright at their workplace in Douglas Bay via Coffin Bay.