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    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    VET agreement – State of Kerala

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Monday, February 01, 2016

    VET agreement – State of Kerala

    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 program internationally.

    The Queensland Skills and Training 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.

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

    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 before, 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 providers, which is led by Sue Freeman from the Australian Retail College, TAFE Queensland, Charlton Brown, Food Coach Institute and Intech.

    Leading aged care training provider Charlton Brown travelled as part of the Deputy Premier’s vocational education and training-themed trade mission to Indonesia and India in November 2015.

    Charlton Brown and another nine Queensland vocational education and training representatives joined Ms Trad in meetings with key Indian organisations in the vocational training and education sector, including the Association of Skills Training Providers (ASTP) Skills, Asian Development Bank and IL&FS Life Skills Development Corporation Ltd.

    The Queensland Skills and Training Consortium will deliver courses across multiple disciplines including: fashion retail; robotics programming; dietician courses; aged care training; fitness coaching; and electrical skills.

    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.

    International education is Queensland’s fourth largest export, employing an estimated 25,000 Queenslanders.

     

    Media contact: Deputy Premier’s Office 0488 996 667