4. Capability, Extension and Education
AMPC manage the following programs. The programs focus on a broader industry outlook.
AMPC supports a range of extension, education and training projects under a service agreement with the Meat Industry Training and Advisory Council (MINTRAC).
MINTRAC is internationally recognised for its expertise in developing training and professional development solutions to Australian meat industry business development requirements. MINTRAC is an independent national company at the forefront of innovation in skills and training, with strong links to Industry and Registered Training Organisations.
AMPC partners with MINTRAC for extension and education service delivery to industry. Education and Extension, the "E" of RD&E, is critical to the effective uptake of Research and Development (R&D) investments and a priority area under the Primary Industries Ministerial Council's National RD&E Framework.
These networks operate Australia-wide with the aim of improving communications in this area of the industry and enhancing the professionalism of practitioners. The objectives of these networks are to:
- Facilitate communication between industry and regulators;
- Identify training requirements for industry;
- Facilitate research being broadcast to the industry;
- Conduct professional development sessions to address immediate and specific information requiremens.
The meat industry professional development program funded by AMPC provides accredited courses and general purpose workshops to extend the latest RD&E to meat industry personnel and industry trainers in order fr them to gain the skills and knowledge required to implement practice change.
The role of the professional development program is to build industry capability and to provide for pilot trials of new training before the standard fee for service model is applied by MINTRAC. In recent years the meat industry has acknowledged that new research, technology, regulatory requirements and improved practices must be effectively implemented in a structured, consistent and sustainable manner, and this involves training personnel to provide them with the necessary technical skills.