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AIS international footprint grows

On behalf of Australian Industry Standards, I was recently invited to provide a presentation at a workshop in Vietnam on skills development in the Logistics industry.

The workshop was facilitated by Aus4Skills as part of a program to position Australia and Vietnam as partners in achieving a shared goal for Vietnam to access and use high level professional and technical skills and competencies to contribute to the country’s sustainable economic and social development. The program is focussed on implementing the Australia-Vietnam Human Resource Development Strategy 2014-2020, one of the major components is the promotion of industry linkages with Vocational Education and Training.

Participants in the workshop came from the Vietnamese Government, the Logistics industry and colleges across Vietnam. With the Vietnamese economy developing rapidly and looking for more and more opportunities to export goods and produce globally, logistics skills will be essential to ensuring sustained economic growth.

AIS has been working with the Australian Department of Education and Training on international skills projects that are part of an overall strategy for international education. The key objectives of this strategy include support to improve access to skilled labour in overseas countries, greater mobility of skilled labour across the region and to promote Australian VET frameworks and products. In turn, this seeks to assist in the export of Australia’s VET industry and improve opportunities for Australian businesses trading with, and operating in, these economies. These projects have included bilateral engagement with countries from Asia, and South and Central America with involvement through Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the East Asia Summit (EAS), the APEC Pacific Alliance and the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).

Throughout 2015-2017 AIS facilitated the development of a framework of occupational standards for both the Transport and Logistics, and Ports sectors, with participation from both government and industry representatives of the participating countries. In total, AIS has been involved in three international projects involving 12 different countries from APEC, the Indian Ocean Rim and APEC Pacific Alliance.

This experience, along with AIS’s long term involvement in the National Training System in Australia was the area of particular interest to the workshop participants. I provided an overview of both the Australian Vocational Education and Training System as well the international projects we’ve been involved in. There was a high level of interest in ways to engage industry in the development of skills and training. Given AIS’s expertise in industry engagement both domestically and internationally, I provided practical examples of proven approaches in my presentations across the two days of the workshop.

AIS looks forward to ongoing involvement in these important initiatives to develop the skills of workers internationally. Importantly, these projects can provide export opportunities for Australian VET providers, along with international trade benefits to Australian industry.

Paul Walsh
AIS Chief Operating Officer