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Skills focus in India

Monday, April 24 2017

Greater opportunities for Australian education and training providers to work in India are expected as Prime Minister Turnball, Education Minister Simon Birmingham and 120 higher education and skills delegates reflect on a busy week in Delhi before Easter.

Australia’s prowess as an ideal education partner to help address Prime Minister Modi’s challenge to skill up 400 million people by 2022 was on show during the visit via Ministerial meetings, conferences, workshops, gala events, launches and visits to skills centres.

The need to train 400 000 trainers in India in order to build their skills industry was discussed , with two ACPET members signing Memoranda of Understanding to do their part towards that goal.

“Australia’s VET workforce is recognised as a key part of our quality system. We have a lot to offer India as a partner in developing the capability of their skills sector, which is still a relatively new industry for them”, ACPET CEO Rod Camm said.

“We look forward to partnering with India to help build a foundation of well qualified trainers with industry experience and a sound appreciation of competency based training and assessment”

Currently not allowed to set up campuses under their own name in India, Australian providers use partnerships and agreements instead. Minister Birmingham commented that Australia will make the case for easing these restrictions.

ACPET members including Sue Freeman, a Council of International Education member, and Gurdeep Dhillon, ACPET International Education committee member, accompanied Minister Birmingham to visit a health industry skills institute.

“Collaboration through consortia is an approach we’re having success with in India, working closely with other Australian training providers on the ground, to achieve the quality and scale needed to skill up India’s young and vibrant workforce” Sue says.



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