A new Victorian Government-led trade mission is helping Victoria’s TAFEs break into the $10 billion off-shore vocational education market and create more jobs for the sector.
Although Victoria is a premium education destination, and TAFEs are strongly placed to provide high-quality vocational training in other countries, many individual organisations face significant challenges in the competitive global marketplace.
The government is helping TAFEs address these challenges by leading an inaugural trade mission that's been tailor-made to help Victorian institutions win a more significant share of fast-growing markets across Asia and beyond.
Representatives from eight Victorian TAFEs will be taken on the mission to Indonesia under the TAFE Victoria brand to focus on sectors that urgently need skilled workers, which include ICT, logistics, transport, hospitality, tourism, oil and gas, and tailored teacher training.
Introductions to key government agencies, industry groups, chambers of commerce and business councils have been organised to guide the design of future TAFE-targeted trade missions.
The Minister for Trade and Investment acknowledged that while international education is Victoria’s largest services export sector, "not every student can travel to study. By helping our TAFEs break into the offshore market," said the Minister, "more students will have access to Victoria's world-class institutions."
The Victorian Government has committed to making an unprecedented investment to put "TAFE back at the heart of training in Victoria," said Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney.
International education currently generates $9.9 billion each year for the state’s economy. However, there are substantial opportunities for TAFEs to deliver high-quality vocational training to off-shore students. Demand is especially high across Southeast Asia where countries are facing workforce gaps caused by rapid changes in industry.