The Aviation WorkSkills Study (AWSS) report recently released by Australian Industry Standards into the aviation industry has highlighted some challenges and opportunities particularly in the training area.
After 12 months of extensive consultation across the sector, the report covers a ranges of issues for future of the 88,000 strong workforce. According to the report, the sector adds $15.73 billion dollars to the Australian economy and has a future of growth ahead. Airfreight and passenger movements are increasing in line with a worldwide trend especially in our neighbouring Asian region.
Work force development in the area of training is of interest to KRTS Pty Ltd as a long term VET training provider. There are internal and external opportunities and challenges ahead. Example is balancing the high quality training underpinned by a rigorous compliance regime, with competitive costs structures in Pilot Training.
Ground crew staff such as baggage handlers and aircraft refuellers not having engaged in VET courses yet face a world where more stringent regulations and technological change are happening constantly. More than 60% of baggage handlers have no post-secondary qualifications.
For RTO’s such as KRTS Pty Ltd, opportunities to engage in more training outside of Australia is a welcome thrust. The compliance and regulatory requirements as well as future training packages must be designed to facilitate this.
Training to be effective must be actively supported by all stakeholder, airlines, service providers, RTO’s and Educational institutions as well as Government and Industry related Industries.