Skills Forecast: Feedback sought for Horticulture

The Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is seeking your feedback on the draft 2018–2021 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land ManagementIRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work .

IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Workidentify skills gaps, emerging skills needs and associated training needs for industry and determine whether there is a need to change training packages (i.e. units of competency, skill sets and qualifications). The documents propose a plan for reviewing and developing the relevant units, skill sets and qualifications, which is then submitted from the relevant IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for their consideration and approval.(The AISC advises Commonwealth and State Industry and Skills Ministers on the implementation of national vocational education and training policies, and approves nationally recognised training packages).

Feedback is being collected until 18 April2018.

We are seeking your feedback on the priority skills for your industry, including skills gaps within national training packages, i.e. units of competency, skill sets and qualifications.Feedback about skill shortages is not required unless they are caused by deficiencies in training delivery or issues with current units of competency, skill sets and qualifications.

Priority Skills that have been identified include:

  • Conservation and land management
  • Production nurseries skills in integrated pest management (IPM), soils and irrigation
  • Landscape qualifications: pathways and ecology
  • Roof top and vertical gardening
  • Sports turf skills update
  • Carbon farming skill sets
  • Permaculture review
  • Protected horticulture
  • Irrigation technology, design and processes
  • Agricultural skills in data capture and analysis
  • Biosecurity skill sets
  • Agribusiness innovation and farm gate value adding
  • Compliance and regulation of medicinal crops
  • Diploma of viticulture review
To download the draft document and provide your feedback, please click HERE.
The IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work will be submitted from the IRCto the AISC Secretariat in April. The information will be used to update the AISC National Schedule of training package development projects.
Note: The IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Workwas previously called the IRC Four Year Work Plan.