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Case for Change
The evolution of technology in the mining sector has led to skill gaps in the area of autonomous haulage management. New and emerging autonomous systems are being deployed in mine sites across Australia thereby increasing the demand for these skills within the broader mining industry. Specifically, there is a growing need to upskill existing and future workers in the areas of autonomous control and workplace operations.
In recognition of this growing skills gap, the Mining Skills Organisation Pilot (MSOP) proposed, under their ‘digital transformation hub’, adapting pre-existing, accredited training material developed by Rio Tinto and the Western Australian Government and South Metropolitan TAFE. The idea behind the proposal, and the focus of the MSOP’s digital transformation hub, was expediting training product delivery for automation and digital technologies by integrating existing automation training products into the national training package framework.
Coal Mining, Metalliferous Mining, and Drilling Industry Reference Committee (IRC) members voiced their support for integrating the training products into the RII Training Package in their respective 2021 November IRC meetings, noting that their approval was contingent on making the necessary amendments to ensure national applicability of the adapted training products.
The Autonomous Operations project’s scope of work is to review and update for addition into the RII Training Package:
- 21 Units of Competency
- 1 Skill Set
- 2 Qualifications
These are to be adapted from the following pre-existing accredited training materials developed by Rio Tinto and the Western Australian Government and South Metropolitan TAFE:
- 52844WA Working Effectively in an Automated Workplace
- 52845WA Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations
- 52851WA Certificate IV in Autonomous Control and Remote Operations
The rationale behind the project as set out by Rio Tinto:
“Guided by a historic collaboration spanning Western Australia’s resource sector, these training products were originally developed by Rio Tinto and South Metropolitan Tafe. Curriculum development and accreditation was supported by an Autonomous Work Group with representation from industry, education and government. The products are approved as accredited qualifications and enterprise units of competency in Western Australia. Following the Coal Mining, Metalliferous Mining, and Drilling IRCs’ decision to adopt these training products into the Resources and Infrastructure Industries Training Package and Rio Tinto’s agreement to make the training products available for this purpose for the benefit of industry, the current review process is seeking feedback on and making edits to the training products as required to ensure the training products are nationally applicable and organisation agnostic.”
PwC’s Skills for Australia pursued a hybrid approach to consultation and training product development due to the nature of the Autonomous Operations project and its focus on adapting pre-existing, accredited training products into the RII Training Package. Initial discussions with IRC members noted that the existing training products may require various levels of redrafting to ensure compliance to the national training package standards.
Following IRC approval of the project, the training materials underwent a front-end review by an accredited Quality Assurance panelist to identify matters of non-compliance with the requirements set out in the Training Package Products Policy (TPPP) and summarise where amendments may be necessary to, and with the sole intent of, satisfying policy requirements.
Throughout training product development, feedback was solicited from various industry stakeholders including IRC members and professionals from leading industry organisations on matters pertaining to the products being nationally applicable, organisation agnostic, and aligned with the RII Training Package.
Additional consultations were conducted with a Rio Tinto stakeholder who served as a key contributor to the development of the original training materials; these were focused on capturing the context in which the products were developed and help ensure the originally intended objectives were retained throughout the Autonomous Operations project.
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If you would like to be involved with further consultations and/or provide project feedback, please see the information outlined on the following “Training Product Development” page.
Training Product Development
The public review and validation period for this project concluded on Friday 6th May, 2022. The project is now progressing through the Editorial and Equity – Quality Assurance phases. Information on the public review and validation is outlined below.
Further updates to this and the ‘Release’ page will be made in due course.
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The Public Review and Validation Phase
The public validation period has now closed.
The Case for Endorsement and accompanying documents have been submitted to the AISC for consideration and are awaiting approval until their meeting on 17 August 2022. Following this meeting the training products will await endorsement by Skills Ministers and until receiving this are subject to change. Uploading to training.gov.au of endorsed products is expected to be completed by November 2022.
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