The Australian Furniture Association (AFA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Simona Jobbagy as Chair of the Australian Furniture Community of Practice Network (AFCoPN).

Simona is a dedicated professional who has worked in Vocational Education and Training (VET) for 20 years, is currently Head of the Department of Design, Media and ICT at Swinburne University of Technology, and has worked closely with other VET practitioners and industry specialists developing and implementing courses at
Swinburne.

In 2015 The Australian Skills Quality Authority published the Users’ Guide of Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). The standard explicitly outlines the requirements for RTO’s to consult with industry on
development of training programs, assessment strategies, and resource development.

In response, the AFA introduced the AFCoPN to assist in providing direct access to a community of practice.

AFCoPN Members will help to ensure that RTO training and assessment practices are well informed and relevant to the needs of industry. AFCoPN will also work with RTO’s who must implement a range of strategies for industry engagement. It will systematically use the outcome of that industry engagement to ensure continuous valid industry feedback is provided for:

a. its training and assessment strategies, practices and resources; and
b. the current industry skills of its trainers and assessors.
‘This initiative of the AFA has been developed to secure greater working partnerships with those empowered to grow the sector and deliver a skilled workforce,’ says Ms Jobbagy. ‘I look forward to working closely with my colleagues to develop a framework which will see industry and education work more closely in relevant and meaningful ways.’ Members of AFCoPN will ensure that a range of strategies for industry engagement occur.
The information obtained by RTO’s from industry engagement will be systematically used to develop and review training and assessment strategies and practices. ‘Trained in Arts, Industrial Design, Education and Leadership, Simona will contribute her ability to lead and mentor people across all sectors of our furnishing industry,’ says AFA CEO, Patrizia Torelli. ‘Her obvious passion for Design education and training, and her talent for maintaining successful business operations lends itself perfectly to the direction we aim to take in establishing this key service into our Association business,’ continues Ms Torelli.
‘Her skill in building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders while ensuring strict compliance with regulatory requirements will be pivotal to this group as the foundations are laid for future activities,’ concludes Ms Torelli.
For further information about the AFA’s Australian Furnishing Community of Practice Network contact the AFA on +613 9856 1600 or membership@australianfurniture.org.au