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EHA : Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
Government Skills Australia supports EHA’s vision to address national skill shortages for environmental health Government Skills Australia (GSA), as the national industry skills council for government and community safety, is pleased to support the vision and commitment of Environmental Health Australia (EHA) to addressing the current skills shortage. Andy Smith, the GSA Local Government Industry Advisory Officer, has established regular communication between EHA and GSA to ensure that the Local Government Training Package reflects the important role of Environmental Health Technicians by including appropriate qualifications and units of competency. Key initiatives the two organisations will continue to focus on include: » Recognition of the role of Environmental Health Technicians and provision of a career path within the Local Government Training Package; » » Professional development opportunities for both organisations to meet the needs of members and stakeholders; Progressing discussions relating to articulation between the VET sector and the higher education sector for the environmental health industry; » » Promoting work experience and on-the-job training within the local government sector; and Identifying complementary roles and skills within the local government sector and environmental health industry. GSA supports EHA’s strong commitment to the VET sector. EHA is a Registered Training Organisation that offers units of competency from the Local Government Training Package. During the coming year, GSA will assist EHA to expand its scope of registration to include units of competency in the areas of prosecution, health impact, emergency management and noise management. Innovative forms of delivery are also encouraged and GSA is pleased to acknowledge the keen interest in web-based and flexible delivery strategies being explored by EHA as part of its nationally recognised training interest. GSA and EHA will progress a number of strategies and projects in 2009 including the mapping of career pathways for environmental health workers. A key aspect of capacity building within the industry will focus on how GSA and EHA can work together to recognise the contribution and potential of the existing workforce. The reskilling of existing workers in the local government sector to take more active roles within the environmental health industry by completing appropriate qualifications will be showcased and encouraged. A similar project that will also contribute to the capacity building of the sector will include the identification of case studies of young people who are already working in the environmental health industry. These case studies will be used to promote the industry to school leavers thus attracting new workers to the local government sector. www.governmentskills.com.au For more information on the combined activities of Government Skills Australia and Environmental Health Australia, please contact: Andy Smith M: 0488 100 791 E:firstname.lastname@example.org