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					                       Creating Cotton
                            Skills




Mark Hickman
  National Cotton
Training Coordinator
                Outline
• Background to the industry and VET
  interaction
• My role within Industry
• Types of training and how the CRC now
  engages with the VET System
• Adv. / Difficulties of the CRC – VET
  relationships
• Concluding thoughts
                     Darwin
                        Katherine
                        Douglas/
  Wyndam
                        Daly
          Kununurra
Derby                                                Northern Cape
Broome
                                    Richmond                Townsville




                                               Emerald                   Rockhampton
                                                                 Theodore/ Biloela

                                                                   D. Downs
                                          St George                            Brisbane
                                              Bourke            Border Rivers
                                                               Gwydir
                                                               Namoi
                                        Tandou              Macquarie
                                              Hillston               Newcastle
                                                                    Sydney
                                                 Canberra

        Potential cotton region
        Existing cotton region
Cotton Catchment Communities CRC




Partners: Cotton Research and Development Corporation, CSIRO,
Australian Cotton Growers and Research Assoc. Cotton Seed Distributors,
Cotton Australia, University of Sydney, University of New England, NSW
University, University of Tech Sydney, Department of Western Australia
Agriculture, NSW Department of Primary Industries and Qld Department of
Primary Industries and Fisheries.
Affiliates = 43 , NSW TAFE
       Industry funding Structure
      R, D, E Bodies               Australian       Cotton
                          Advice   Cotton Grower    Australia
$     CRDC,                        Researcher
                                   Assoc.           Political grower
                                                                       $
      CCC CRC
                                                    voice
                                   RD & E voice
                                   of the Growers
 Research     Extension
Development
                                                      Cotton BMP


 NSW DPI      DPI & F
                                    Local Grower
                                     Associations

            Regional and                              Grower Service
Researchers  National .                                 Managers
             Extension
 Overall VET’s Interaction with
     industry historically…

• Limited involvement to date
  – Outside of Ag Colleges and TAFE systems.
• Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Short Course
  – Initial mapping, assessment tools etc, done by RTO
  – Industry used the information as a guide and now RTO
    are an administration service.
• New CRC taking a more interactive role
  – Affiliate partners : NSW TAFE
  – National Coordination of Training - me
  What role does NCTC
     position hold?
• Assist the cotton industry to
  develop industry created short
  courses that are flexible in delivery
  YET address an industry need.

• Involves both non VET courses
  and where appropriate
  accreditation / alignment to the
  VET training sector

Hence this covers all aspects of training in
                   cotton
            Participant



Voc Ed        A                 Universities
Training
            COTTON
Cert I-VI
             JOB
                                Ag colleges
              or
             SKILL    Other
              SET    Training
                               Participant            Opportunities Industry
                                                      has created for training




VET                                 A                             University
Education     Skills              Cotton             UNE / CCC
            Recognition
Cert I-VI    Training
                                   Skill                CRC       Agricultural
                                                       Cotton
TAFE        and Career             Set               Production
                                                                  colleges
             Pathway
                                                      Course
             Project
                          Industry
                          Developed
                          Short Courses    Other
                                          Training
      Industry Short Courses
• Target: People working in the industry,
  especially the growers and consultants
• Purpose: To present industry research
  with strong focus on how this is practically
  applied to management: ‘hands on’
    Industry Courses VET aligned that
              are developed
•Field to Fabric      • Cotton IPM Short
                        Course
Short course
                      • - AQF level 5
•– AQF level 4/5
Resources
 this is a
training a
 strength

 Courses are
 built on the
 Industry
 information
  Interaction between Industry
     Short Courses and VET
• Industry develops the training from the concept stage to
  the delivering stage

• RTO provides advice to the NCTC on the Competency
  mapping, and created lesson plans with assessment
  methods

• Industry delivers the training and develops the evidence
  portfolio

• RTO review the evidence and issue the SOA

• GOOD working relationship
     Course Delivery
“Strong CRC Collaboration”
• Industry funded Researchers and Extension Officers
  delivery the training at the local level.

• CCC CRC has state, federal agencies involved and
  personal freely travel. Boundary is the industry not
  the state lines

• Training:
  Field and management aspects are all strong
  focuses
  Classroom and applied field activities.
Industry Courses VET aligned that
        are in development
• Cotton and Grains Irrigation Course
  – Multiply RDE organisations
  – Mapped to industry targets, AQF competencies
    (levels 4/5), Land and water module BMP, as well as
    Certified Irrigation Manager (IAA)
“Skills Recognition, Training
   and Career Pathway”
           Cotton Australia

• This is a new industry training program being
  developed through a DEST funded pilot.

• This industry training program is a combination
  of competencies from a wide range of training
  packages that best addresses the skill needs of
  industry .

• Cotton Basics = Certificate II in Agriculture
  (specialising in cotton production)
          Why a New Skill Set ?
• Skills are constantly evolving
• Environmental , Production Issues,
  Human Resource Management and
  Financial Management

• Cotton Basics = Cert II Ag (Cotton)
  delivered by NSW TAFE
  – 11 units in CB, 13+ required in TAFE
  – All CB are covered, these are regarded
    as essential skills and no unit choice.
Cotton Basics:
        Designed for entry level into the industry
        Snr. Secondary School, Ag Colleges,
        School based apprentices
        Learning and training resources have
        been developed and ready for delivery


Cotton Intermediate and Advance are higher
levels:
        Currently under development.
        Targeting People working in the industry
        Linkages with industry developed short
        courses as well as the more traditional
        nationally recognised competencies


Cotton Plus :
        To address the seasonal employees
        moving between industries.
 New Training Program Interaction
            With VET
• Cotton Australia have contracted VET consultant as
  project leader to develop, implement : Niel Jacobson

• Niel is closely working with an RTO for VET alignment
  and with RTO plus myself for course(s) development.

• Has a VetiS component and strong RPL aspect
  (acknowledged by John McKenzie as under utilised)
• Once developed: various training providers to deliver.
• DEST registration of the Training Program will link to the
  traditional Cert I-Diploma qualifications
         Overall Comments:
   Advantages Of VET Engagement
• Develops better learning outcomes and practice change

• Assessments provides rigor to the delivery. (Quality
  check to achieve good adult learning principles).

• Provides educational benefits to individuals & industry
  for the long term

• Competency units are flexible enough to allow training to
  be aligned or accredited and still meet industry needs

• Cotton model works well, In field dissemination of skill
  sets, where Industry is the lead not the RTO.
Difficulties of VET engagement
• Level of paperwork required per student to be placed on
  the books of the RTO and then processed.

• Fees- RTO cost for students SOA- highly variable and
  can be hard to justify

• Difficult to establish working relationship initial given the
  approach of industry leading and not RTO.

• Information flow about the VET system difficult to obtain

• Strong desire for VET organisations to have full
  ownership and almost a lack of trust in what industry can
  achieve.
Concluding thoughts

1. VET sector needs to be proactive in engaging industry
  and be flexible in delivery styles
2. Industry has many resources and expertise that should
  be capitalised on. There is mutual benefits!
3. Focus on the task : return on investment :
  a. Practice change for the industry due to increased skills
  b. Education certificates generated by the RTO
     involvement is lower down the list
4. Cotton is developing good working relationships with the
  VET sector, however both parties can continuously
  improve.
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