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Process industries' national training packages

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MANUFACTURING Learning Australia (MLA) provides assistance to companies dealing with the complexities of recruiting and training new workers in the process industry, as well as ensuring existing workers' skills are assessed, recognised, and updated.

The staff at MLA has many years of experience working with customers to identify their specific needs, and how best to make use of a company's existing systems and all aspects of the national training system and industry standards.

MLA offers a range of options that can be modified or expanded to ensure the skills recognition and/or training meets the particular needs of a business and its workers. Industry experts, process manufacturing trainers and assessors, are on hand to assist as necessary.

A better-trained workforce can significantly improve quality, increase productivity, reduce staff turnover costs, improve safety and reduce downtime.

Four national training packages are available for the process manufacturing industries:

* Plastics, Rubber and Cablemaking;

* Laboratory Operations;

* Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Oil Refining; and

* Manufactured Mineral Products.

These packages have been revised to meet the changing needs of industry, and keep up-to-date with occupational health and safety, and environmental regulations.

The Manufactured Mineral Products Training Package has been expanded to include plaster manufacture, refractories and asphalt in addition to the concrete, cement, clay, ceramics and glass sectors.

There are now qualifications and career pathways from entry level at Certificate I through to Advanced Diploma, including operational and support staff as well as supervisors and team leaders.

The Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Oil Refining Training Package has received significant safety and incident response improvements. Twenty-six OH&S units of competency were updated with input from the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission and validated by industry.

In response to identified industry needs for nationally-recognised training, the package was also expanded to include competencies relating to onshore/offshore and major hazard facilities workplace incident response (OMIR). A suite of OMIR units has been developed and will be incorporated as electives in the bank of support units.

The Plastics, Rubber and Cablemaking Training Package has been updated, with significant revisions made in 2001 and typographical errors and some inconsistencies amended recently.

The Laboratory Operations Training Package has just been reviewed, resulting in expanded coverage of sectors and a new Certificate II qualification. The review process consulted widely and gained agreement from industry, unions and training providers. The revised package has been submitted for endorsement and is likely to be available late in 2004.

For more details contact Manufacturing Learning Australia at 02 9518 7785.

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