UPDATE: The majority of the resources are relevant for the updated and re-coded units of competency in the MSS Sustainability Training Package. The exceptions are the Assessment Guides (core units) and Online Assessment ideas (Skill Sets) which have not been updated for the Assessment Requirements.
The Sustainability Skills resources will help training providers to design and deliver sustainability training and assessment using the MSS11 Sustainable Operations qualifications. The resources show how different sustainability can be across a range of businesses and sectors.
The resources explain key concepts from the core units of competency from the three Sustainable Operations qualifications:
- MSS017001A Analyse and determine organisational risk areas in sustainability
- MSS017004A Lead sustainable strategy deployment
- MSS015001A Measure and report carbon footprint
- MSS015002A Develop strategies for more sustainable use of resource
- MSS015007A Develop a business case for sustainability improvement
- MSS015008A Develop strategic sustainability plan
- MSS015009A Implement sustainability plans
- MSS014001A Improve sustainability through readily implementable change
- MSS014002A Evaluate sustainability impact of a work or process area
- MSAENV472B Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
About the resources
Sustainability training and skills development programs should be targeted to specific businesses and sectors. The Sustainable Operations qualifications provide skills to help an enterprise identify practices and improvements that make good business sense and help them become more sustainable.
But sustainability training programs need to focus on the main sustainability risks for the business or sector and where improvements can make the most impact. The Sustainability Skills Resources show many different ways a business might improve their sustainability and how this can vary between sectors. They explain specific skills for sustainability and provide sector examples of sustainability issues. They will help training providers to develop training and assessment strategies and to deliver customised training programs to meet industry skill needs.
The Sustainable Operations qualifications provide an overlay of sustainability skills for people with existing ‘core’ job skills – for example, people who are already skilled in technical, management and production areas. Therefore the qualifications will most often be delivered and assessed in a workplace environment. The resources focus on this context and target five areas of support for RTOs:
Core unit explanatory notes – a web page for each core unit. Each one explains key issues about the intent and level of the unit, evidence, concepts and terminology.
Assessment guides – a downloadable guide for each core unit. Each one provides guidance on designing an assessment; it shows an example of an assessment method and evidence based on a fictional scenario.
Guides about … – these guides cover five concepts that are fundamental across multiple units of competency and levels in the Sustainable Operations qualifications. The guides explain the basic concepts and how they might be applied across levels and in different contexts. The guides are:
- About mass and energy balancing
- About metrics
- About carbon sources and sinks
- About root cause analysis
- About quantifying benefits and costs.
Sustainability sector guides – a downloadable guide for each of six manufacturing sub-sectors. Each guide provides an overview of sustainability issues in a process flow that is typical to a sector. It then provides a more detailed analysis of sustainability risks for selected steps in the process.
Sector reports and links – web pages. These provide links to sector-specific information that can assist RTOs to do further research on sustainability issues in the sectors.