Skilling India to change the world

Story overview

Five Queensland education and training providers have joined forces to deliver training opportunities to millions of Indian students under one of the world’s most ambitious training agendas.

The Queensland Skills and Training Consortium has been contracted by the government of the Indian state of Kerala to provide training across a range of industries, including retail, aged care, fitness and nutrition, and IT.

The consortium is led by the Australian Retail College and includes TAFE Queensland, Charlton Brown, Food Coach Institute and Intech Institute of Technology.

Client details

Client Queensland Skills and Training Consortium

Product Education and training

What they achieved

In February 2016, the Queensland Skills and Training Consortium signed an agreement with the Government of Kerala to deliver vocational training and skills to students in India. Currently, only 2.3% of India’s total workforce has undergone any formal skills training.

In its first round of training, the consortium worked with 520 Indian workers, and has a target of skilling 20,000 people by 2020. It is delivering courses across a range of disciplines, including fashion retail, robotics programming, nutrition, aged care, fitness coaching, and electrical skills.

Further agreements have also been signed with new partners to increase training and skills delivery options in India.

How they did it

In November 2015, leading aged care training provider Charlton Brown travelled as part of the Deputy Premier’s vocational education and training trade mission to India. Charlton Brown and another nine Queensland vocational education and training representatives attended meetings with key Indian organisations, including the Association of Skills Training Providers (ASTP) Skills, Asian Development Bank and IL&FS Life Skills Development Corporation Ltd.

Trade and Investment Queensland played an integral role in helping to secure the contract, and in putting together the consortium — which is the first Australian consortium of its kind to include both public and private partners.