Commissioner's Information Bulletin 664

Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services

Sustainability - Traineeships

Date of issue: 7 November 2016

Updated: 11 January 2019

Bulletin Information

In this Commissioner's Information Bulletin (CIB two Vocational Training Orders (VTOs) are varied. One qualification code is MSS50218 Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology is updated and equivalent. One qualification MSS50116 Diploma of Sustainable Operations is deleted in the MSSv2.0 Sustainability Training Package.

Superseded Bulletin

This Commissioner's Information Bulletin (CIB) supersedes 563.

Qualifications, structure and packaging

Transition Arrangements

Traineeships - approval requirements

Competency based completion

Industrial arrangements

Licensing and regulatory arrangements

Registered training organisations

Professional development for trainers

Funding arrangements

Inspecting Vocational Training Orders

Enquiries

For any enquiries regarding this Commissioner's Information Bulletin, please contact Apprenticeships and Traineeships on (02) 8267 7704. To find a job in an apprenticeship or traineeship search here.

For implementation of new pathways in relation to this Training Package profile, please contact Leon Drury, Manufacturing Skills Australia NSW ITAB on mobile 0414 912 383.

David Collins
The Commissioner for Vocational Training


Job Descriptions

Industry

Competitive Systems and Practices reflects practices and principles often referred to as Lean manufacturing, Lean production or just Lean that have been developed in the manufacturing sectors over the last 80 years. It provides tools, knowledge and skills for establishing work systems and practices that support immediate and ongoing improvements to a business. Lean relies on several foundational concepts:

  • Customer focus - value is only what the customer values
  • Eliminate waste - if it is not value then it is waste and get rid of it
  • Smooth flow - levelling out any variations to achieve consistent flow of processes
  • Manage efficiencies along the supply chain rather than create department silos
  • Continuous improvement - continually find ways to make improvements
  • Respect for people - valuing the expertise of people who know their work

For most businesses this requires significant investment and changes to their procedures, workplace culture and management culture. To get the best results a business needs to apply the changes across the whole organisation - it is hard to sustain efficiencies, improvements and culture change in an isolated section of an organisation.

It is imperative that management provide the leadership and commitment to implement the program and to support and challenge the business and its staff to achieve excellence.

Relationship to job roles and occupations

Competitive Systems and Practices are complementary to specific occupational skills and general equipment operations. They provide methods for analysing problems, measuring and improving performance and managing the organisational changes needed to achieve its defined goals.

The Competitive Systems and Practices training and qualifications are designed for existing workers, including those who are already skilled in their ‘core’ job role, to support organisations who are implementing a continuous improvement culture. Trainees are trained to use a range of improvement tools designed to enhance manufacturing process operations and their profitability. These tools can include design and innovation, leadership, preventative maintenance, problem solving, quality and integrated business and logistical support.

The Certificate II level trainees may be applying competitive systems and practices skills in their own work role. The job is designed to complement jobs supplying production, operations or administrative skills. The focus of the job is on applying specific competitive practices skills, such as Just in Time (JIT), 5S housekeeping, and so on, and to understand how the identification and elimination of waste can improve the outcomes of an individual’s own work.

The Certificate III level trainees may be using competitive systems and practices skills for either their own work or for application with others in a team or work area. When applied to an individual’s own work it offers the opportunity for deeper skill and knowledge than the Certificate II and will typically apply to an experienced or senior operator. A person applying the qualification to a team or work area may be in an informal facilitative role or be formally designated as team leader or similar.

The Certificate IV level trainee may be applying competitive systems and practices skills to their own work and the work of others typically at a team or work area level in an enterprise. The trainee will often be formally designated as a team leader or technical expert. The job provides skills in implementation of competitive systems and practices, including monitoring of outcomes against performance indicators, problem solving, facilitation and mentoring.

The Diploma level trainees may be supervisors and managers. It targets trainees who have responsibility for competitive systems and practices strategy and implementation across a whole enterprise plant or value stream. It also targets managers, technicians and paraprofessionals who have plant or enterprise wide responsibility for one or more of:

  • developing a business case for competitive systems and practices changes
  • auditing and reporting on competitive systems and practices implementation
  • designing integration of competitive systems and practices changes with technical operations
  • working with value stream members on competitive systems and practices.

The Diploma is designed to complement other more technically focused jobs or people who have significant industry experience at a supervisory or managerial level.

These qualifications include clear environmental science and technology coverage and will enable environmental officers, compliance officers, technicians and field officers to measure and address enterprise impacts on air, water and other external environmental conditions. Other inclusions will be implementation of legislation, development and implementation of policy as well as reporting requirements and development of strategic operational plans and procedures.

At Certificate IV level, trainees may be working as environmental assistants and technicians who have broad technical knowledge and skills in the area of environmental sampling and testing and some understanding of the industry processes and/or ecosystems with which they are working. They will learn to:

  • collect, analyse and report environmental data
  • contribute to the assessment of environmental risks and impacts
  • develop and/or implement policies, management plans and strategies, and work practices associated with sustainable development
  • install, operate, and maintain new ‘sustainable’ technologies
  • monitor and report environmental/sustainability performance and compliance
  • improve the knowledge and skills of workers and community members

At Diploma level, trainees may work as environmental officers, environmental protection officers, environmental compliance officers, environmental technicians and similar personnel employed by enterprises, including Commonwealth, state and local government agencies. They will learn to:

  • conduct environmental monitoring
  • undertake internal auditing and continuous improvements to enhance compliance and minimise the environmental impacts of processes
  • inspect enterprises and negotiate responses to instances of non-compliance with audit and regulatory requirements
  • manage and conserve natural systems and resources
  • minimise pollution
  • remediate and rehabilitate sites

Sustainability for an organisation is impacted by its own operations, suppliers, customers, regulations, and the local community and ecological environment. These qualifications target the skills required to improve an organisation’s sustainability performance.

At Certificate IV level, trainees may be responsible for implementing sustainability related functions in part of a large organisation or in an entire small or medium enterprise. They will gain specific sustainability related skills that are designed to complement qualifications supplying production, maintenance, logistics or other technical skills to industry. Trainees will learn to:

  • identify and action easy to implement sustainability initiatives
  • assist with audits and reporting

Sustainability - Competitive Systems and Practices - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 7 November 2016

Qualifications

Terms of traineeships

Full-time:

  • MSS20316 Certificate II in Competitive Systems and Practices
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MSS30316 Certificate III in Competitive Systems and Practices by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
    • where the trainee holds MSS20316 Certificate II in Competitive Systems and Practices  
      • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MSS40316 Certificate IV in Competitive Systems and Practices direct entry
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
    • where the trainee holds MSS30316 Certificate III in Competitive Systems and Practices  
      • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MSS50316 Diploma of Competitive Systems and Practices direct entry
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
    • where the trainee holds MSS30316 Certificate III in Competitive Systems and Practices  
      • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

Sustainability - Environmental Monitoring and Technology - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 7 November 2016
Updated 11 January 2019

Qualifications

Terms of traineeships

Full-time:

  • MSS40216 Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MSS50218 Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology by direct entry
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
    • where the trainee holds MSS40216 Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
      • 30 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

Sustainability - Operations - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 7 November 2016
Qualifications MSS40116 Certificate IV in Sustainable Operations

Terms of traineeships

Full-time:

  • MSS40116 Certificate IV in Sustainable Operations
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
Page last updated: 11 January 2019