FCI India bound!

QLD Deputy Premier and Consortium Partners present at the signing ceremony

Australian Training Organisations Join Forces to Skill India

In a first for one of Queensland’s most valuable industry sectors, five public and private Queensland vocational education and training (VET) companies have formed a consortium to deliver vocational training and skills programs internationally.

The Queensland Skills and Education Consortium will support one of the world’s most ambitious training agendas – Skilling India – having secured an agreement with the Government of Kerala to provide a range of skills training opportunities for students in India.

Queensland’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Jackie Trad, along with the High Commission of India’s First Secretary, Mr Nachiketa Jha, witnessed the official signing ceremony in Brisbane last week.

Ms Trad said that India’s Skilling India project, which has a target of training 500 million people by 2022, would be like nothing the world had seen before, because nothing of this scale had been attempted, particularly within the timeframes.

“The Indian Government’s initiative will have a profound global impact, lifting millions of people out of poverty, an ambitious goal that Queensland is keen to help achieve,” Ms Trad said.“Skilling India is both the biggest opportunity and the greatest challenge for the country, with only 2.3 per cent of the total workforce in India having undergone formal skill training.”

The Queensland consortium is a mix of public and private training providers, led by the Australian Retail College. It includes TAFE Queensland, Charlton Brown, Food Coach Institute and Intech Institute of Technology. This group will train 1,200 students in Kerala in the first 6 months, with expansion to other Indian states on the agenda. Initially training will target the retail, robotics, healthcare, fitness & construction sectors.

“Over the past 8 years ARC has developed an intimate understanding of skilling in India. We have been able to navigate the hurdles of this growing market and establish a brand name synonymous with quality of delivery and results” said Australian Retail College India VP Sam Freeman. “This consortium is the first time a project like this has been attempted in India. We are excited to partner with respected organisations such as TAFE QLD and Charlton Brown, 2016 International Training Provider of the Year.”

Training and Skills Minister Yvette D’Ath said she supported growing training opportunities both in Queensland and abroad. “This is a feather-in-the-cap for Queensland and a great opportunity to expand our high-quality vocational education and training sector even further across the globe,”she said.

Trade and Investment Queensland has played an integral role, helping to secure the contract and then putting together the consortium, the first to be made up of public and private partners.

According to Trade and Investment Queensland Chief Executive Officer Andrew Tulloch, the consortium model and the agreement with the Government of Kerala mark new and emerging opportunities for offshore delivery for Queensland vocational and educational training providers.“This is welcome news given that Queensland’s onshore international education sector was valued at $2.7 billion in export revenue in the 2014-15 financial year,” Mr Tulloch said.

Contact

For more information on this project, or to connect with The Queensland Skills and Training Consortium, please contact Sam Freeman, VP of Australian Retail College India on +91 8374 055 188 or email: enquiries@arcskills.in.

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