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AIS Continues Skills Development Partnership with Vietnam

AIS will host a high-level Vietnamese delegation in Canberra and Sydney from 22 February to 1 March as part of an Aus4Skills Program aimed at developing the first industry-led VET framework in Vietnam.

The program is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on behalf of the Australian Government

The delegates will participate in a short study program targeting the transport and logistics sectors. The program will include visits to Toll Logistics and TAFE NSW campuses in Sydney and a visit to the Transport Industries Skills Centre in Canberra. Delegates will also attend presentations by Australian Department of Education officials, My Freight Career and the Chair of the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee (IRC), Mark McKenzie.

The delegation, consisting of 16 participants from the Vietnamese Government, industry and training colleges, will gain an understanding of:

  1. the rationale, structure and functions of the Australian industry-led VET system and how a similar industry-led VET system may be devised for Vietnam
  2. the principles of social inclusion as practised in Australian industry skills training delivery
  3. how Australia defines industry skills needs and supports the development of relevant curricula and training packages
  4. the institutional framework relevant for industry sector skills planning.

The Aus4Skills Programs position Australia and Vietnam as partners in achieving the shared goal for Vietnam to develop high-level professional and technical skills and competencies to support the country’s sustainable economic and social development.

One of the five Aus4Skills Components aims to promote linkages between VET providers and enterprises in Vietnam through a demonstration project in the logistics sector, which aims to improve the relevance and quality of training for VET graduates to meet labour market needs.

For the last few years AIS has been working with the Vietnamese Government, the Logistics industry and colleges across Vietnam through the Aus4Skills program to help develop an industry-led VET framework in Vietnam.  This is an extension of the APEC work that AIS has been involved in since 2014.

A Logistics Industry Reference Committee (LIRC) was established last year in Ho Chi Minh City as part of a pilot to support the industry-led model. This has involved AIS drawing on its expertise with Australia’s industry-led approach to the development of Occupational Standards.

Mr Nguyen Van Lam, Deputy Director, Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam pictured with Professor Devinder Grewal, General Manager AIS Global (middle) and Darren Leitch (left).

In late 2018, members of AIS’ new AIS Global team delivered a series of workshops in Vietnam. This work is designed to provide technical advice on the operationalisation of the LIRC, its Executive Board and secretariat as well as for building capability in developing effective Occupational Standards. The workshops include strategies for collecting and using industry intelligence and developing communications strategies for stakeholder engagement.

AIS has a strong reputation for capturing and developing industry intelligence, as evidenced by the IRC Skills Forecasts that are produced annually. AIS Global representatives are continuing to draw on this experience and will share learnings with our Vietnamese counterparts during their upcoming visit to Australia and during further workshops planned in Vietnam throughout 2019. A small group of Vietnamese officials will return to Australia in mid-2019 for an intense ‘on the job’ training opportunity with AIS staff.

Vietnamese officials at the workshop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

For more information about this program, please contact Leanne Mundy, AIS Global Business Manager, on 0419 416 805 or Leanne.mundy@aisglobal.org.au