Today’s HOT TOPIC is TRAINING. The newly appointed skills organisation, Skills Insight, is reaching out for our industry’s feedback on WOOD MACHINING QUALIFICATIONS.

This SURVEY is critical to our industry.

Background from Skills Insight:

Changes to the MSF Furnishing Training Package in 2022 meant that the qualification for furniture wood machining (MSF30313 – Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining) was combined into the cabinet-making qualification, creating one qualification with several specialisations (MSF30322 – Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology).  

Industry leaders from both the furniture-making and the forestry and timber industries expressed concern that this meant wood machining was seen as just a small part of the cabinet-making trade. 

As the new Jobs and Skills Council for both the furnishing and forestry industries, Skills Insight has been reviewing this issue and connecting with these industries to understand the relevant occupations and skill requirements. Although wood machinists working with furniture work differently to wood machinists in timber mills, it is important to understand the skills and training for both. The report on this research will be available to you in March 2024.

Your participation and input will contribute to the collective efforts to make positive changes within the furniture industry. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to the AFA for further assistance or clarification.

This survey should take only a few minutes and closes on Monday 5th February 2024. Please share this email and link with anyone who might be interested.

Click here to start the survey.