Leaders and decision-makers from Indonesia’s growing vocational education and training (VET) sector gathered to learn from Queensland VET experts during a recent two-day conference in Jakarta.

The ‘Revitalisation of Indonesia’s Skills Development through Industry Engagement’ conference heard from a consortium of Queensland training providers led by TAFE Queensland.

VET is the fastest growing education sector in Indonesia, with the Indonesian government allocating large amounts of funding for VET.

Almost 180 delegates attended the conference, drawn from a range of Indonesian government ministries, state-owned enterprises, and private companies that work with government agencies.

Janelle Chapman, Executive Director TAFE Queensland International, said the delegates learned about industry-relevant training from Queensland’s experienced VET providers, while the providers learned about Indonesia’s training needs.

‘The Australian VET system is world-renowned for its innovative approach to industry engagement,’ she said.

‘Indonesia’s proximity to Queensland, young demographics and ambitious developmental plans offer significant opportunities for Queensland’s training providers.’

As a member of the ASEAN Economic Community, Indonesia has a strong interest in preparing its tens of millions of workers for the open mobility of labour across South-East Asia.

Rebecca Hall, TIQ’s Executive Director of International Education and Training, said the conference gave government leaders and local executives insights into the quality programs and methods used by Queensland VET providers across a range of sectors.

‘Queensland and Indonesia have a strong history of industry-led skills partnerships,’ she said.

‘This includes a variety of partnerships to support key industries such as agriculture, aviation, creative industries, engineering, health, mining, tourism and hospitality.’

The conference ran from 30–31 October.

Queensland consortium members presenting at the conference included TAFE Queensland, Aviation Australia, SIMTARs and Successful Graduate.

The consortium was funded through the IET Partnership Fund under the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.