New opportunities for Australia’s VET sector in Mexico due to increased training needs

This month TLISC had the pleasure to join the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and ANZMEX Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to the launch of the Senate’s report to the inquiry of Australia’s relationship with Mexico by Senator Chris Back, Deputy Chair of the Committee and Victor del Rio, President of ANZMEX.

Some important recommendations found in the report are:

  • To develop a strategic plan for the establishment of direct flights between Mexico and Australia by 2020.
  • To work together with Australian universities to review accreditation of both countries and achieve mutual recognition of qualifications by 2020.
  • To allocate additional funding for initiatives to promote Australian VET services in Mexico.
  • To encourage and facilitate research collaboration between Australia and Mexico so that more resources be available to universities of both countries.

Sen. Back highlighted that with the APEC alliance there is an enormous opportunity to enhance the VET sector in Mexico with the Australian skills and training framework. Additionally, he mentioned that Mexico had expressed a great interest for collaboration in different sectors, including the educational and the logistics one.

The report emphasises that Mexico lacks of training to improve productivity and fulfil the technical skills gap that exist in the country. These needs represent important opportunities for Australian VET providers. Furthermore, Mexican institutions have a great interest to develop relationships with interested providers that can provide trade and technical colleges with specialised qualifications. The report is available here.