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Optin Solutions is a consultancy specialising in workforce development, program review, education and training solutions.

Small Groups Size a key to engaging industry

A feature of the Alternative Pathways Program has been the willingness of Latus and Holmesglen Institute to work with small groups. The program has several groups of five, four and six students.  These groups are very small and few RTOs are willing to work with such small groups, but with clustered Units of Competency and accelerated learning approaches that incorporate RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) such group sizes can be viable.

Upskilling Supply Chain Supervisors

Diploma of Logistics – DEEWR Alternative Pathways Project

Firms in the Transport and Logistics industry are reconfiguring their vision to focus on servicing the whole supply chain. The ability to conceptualise the integrated process of what constitutes a supply chain and work effectively with that demand higher level skills in the current workforce. The need for high level technical skills is a direct result of new technologies, increased complexity and the impact of globalisation. Compounding this is a workforce that is under-qualified and has significant skill gaps at the higher end.

Fundamental to business survival and growth will be the capacity of management to develop and implement strategies for customer-focused and whole of supply chain solutions. There is an increasing need to develop more sophisticated management skills and new ways of thinking, particularly with respect to project management, logistics and supply chain management. In addition, people at this level are increasingly expected to provide technical support and leadership in their enterprise.

Current operator training at Certificate II and III level continues to be a mainstay the industry with this being met by established RTO arrangements.  At the diploma level there is an absolute dearth of any systematic approach to train the existing workforce.

In order to address these issues Optin Pty Ltd, in partnership with Transport and Distribution Training Victoria (TDT Vic) are piloting an innovative approach to training that emphasises practical, work-based learning and effective partnerships between training organisations and employers.  This qualification incorporates the formal assessment and/or delivery of key technical skills and competencies.

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