Queensland-Korean partnerships in education and training will grow following the signing of two agreements during a recent trade mission.

A memorandum of understanding between Sejong City Office of Education (SCOE) and the Queensland Government through Study Queensland will foster collaboration on vocational education and training (VET) programs for Korean high school students.

The second agreement, a statement of intent with the Korean Council for University College Education (KCCE), will lead to more Korean college students studying VET in Queensland.

The two agreements will deliver programs aimed at tackling some of Korea’s youth unemployment challenges by giving Korean students practical, job-ready skills for the global workplace.

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said Queensland had a strong trading relationship with Korea and the new agreements would support the growing respect between education providers in both economies.

‘It’s a natural progression that we work together to increase training pathways in Korea and promote the fantastic opportunities on offer in Queensland,’ Ms Fentiman said.

‘Providing and arming young Koreans with some of the skills Queensland is world class at delivering, these students are better equipped to look for work when they return home.’

Currently about 7,000 Korean students study in Queensland every year, with the state’s entire international education and training sector worth $4.6 billion and supporting more than 21,000 jobs.

The Queensland-Korea partnership will see global internships established for Korean vocational high-school students and professional development programs for vocational teachers from SCOE.

Short-term training for SCOE English teachers, study tours and cultural exchange programs for high school students from SCOE are also on the agenda.

SCOE is responsible for the education of primary to high school students in one of the fastest growing cities in Korea, and KCCE represents 136 university colleges, delivers VET courses and approves overseas study.

The agreement was signed by Ms Fentiman and SCOE Superintendent Mr Choi Gyo-Jin on 3 March as part of a trade mission aimed at deepening ties around international education and training.

International education is identified as Queensland’s second-most valuable services export in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Study Queensland’s growing relationship with Korea is part of its Global Partnership Plan, one of three key initiatives in the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman and SCOE Superintendent Mr Choi Gyo-Jin signing the MOU