Water Journal : Water Journal May 2012
awa news AWA Training and Professional Development: New Directions for 2012--13 In 2011 the AWA Board signed a Training Strategy that set the direction for the Association in a number of new and exciting areas. Traditionally, AWA has provided the water sector with high-quality training and professional development opportunities and taken a lead role in the advocacy of training at a national level. However, since the Training Strategy was approved, AWA's National Manager -- Water Sector Training, Petra Kelly, has focused on ensuring there is a coordinated and strategic approach to training delivery with balance between the Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education sectors and a stronger focus on linking training initiatives to formal accreditation. A summary of the achievements over the last 12 months and plans for moving forward are outlined here. Advocacy AWA continues to be an active leader in the water sector training space with an ongoing role in the Water Industry Skills Taskforce and a number of roles representing the water sector in training related committees, including the Water Industry Advisory Committee (WIAC), which provides advice about the vocational training needs of the water industry to Government Skills Australia, the Industry Skills Council responsible for the Water Industry Training Package. AWA has also represented the industry in the National Water Commission (NWC) funded project to develop a National Certification Framework for Operators of Drinking Water Treatment Facilities. Vocational Education and Training Offerings Huge achievements have been made within the Vocational Education and Training (VET Sector) space, with AWA: • Launching the AWA Opus Water Industry Training Institute, providing the water sector with access to a new RTO initially focused on delivering Certificate III in Water Operations via an intensive face-to-face training model; • Providing access to Asset Management Training in partnership with the RTO, Institute of Quality Asset Management; • Offering Certificate IV in Water Operations (Trade Waste) through SkillsTech Australia and Riverina Institute of TAFE; • Developing a business model that will give industry access to the learning and assessment resources developed by City West Water for the new Diploma and Advanced Diploma level Engineering Technology units of competency now available in NWP07 V 3 and; finally • Identifying a need for and building a project to deliver industry approved Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) tools. Supported by the NSW Industry Training Advisory Body (ITAB), the NSW Department of Education and Communities and the NWC, this project is currently underway. University Projects Within the university space at undergraduate and postgraduate level, AWA is pleased to support the Water Leadership Program run by the International WaterCentre. We are also excited about the new University Project sponsored by the Water Industry Capacity Development (WICD) specialist network. The University Project will formalise and extend an accessible database of contacts in academic institutions, water authorities and companies. The aim of the resulting network is to strengthen and inspire creative and sustainable collaborative practices between university and water industry stakeholders in order to attract and retain engineering, science and related professionals in the Australian water industry. The project is supported by the Australian Government through the Workforce Innovation Program. Professional Development Professional development has always been a strong deliverable for AWA and future plans are no exception. AWA's new strategy is to build on the existing brands of Master Classes and One-day Seminar Series and work in partnership with industry to supply short courses and online training opportunities on a broad range of topic areas. Proposals for Industry-to-Industry Training are currently being sought, with Round 1 applications closing at the end of May.
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