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.