TLISC continues VET collaboration with China

TLISC was delighted to host a visiting delegation from the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) in the week commencing 31 August 2015.

CFLP is the only social organisation of logistics and purchasing in China approved by the State Council. The main tasks of CFLP are to:

  • Promote development of logistics industry, government and corporate purchasing in China;
  • Encourage reform and development of means of production and their circulation; and
  • Undertake commissions from government.

CFLP has functions including foreign affairs, science and technology, trade statistics and the drafting and revising of standards.

The delegation was led by Mr Guo Zhaoming, Director, Education Training Department CFLP who provided a comprehensive overview of China’s logistics education and training system.

This was the first key activity since TLISC and CFLP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in August. There will be a formal MOU signing ceremony facilitated at the 7th China National Conference on Logistics Teaching of Vocational Schools in Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province in late October.

The itinerary for the visit was structured to provide the delegates with a detailed but strategic overview of the Australian Vocational Education & Training System together with a practical insight into how Australian logistics businesses, together with quality training providers, utilise our VET system to develop the skills of our logistics workforce.

The visit also provided an opportunity for key industry and government representatives to meet and share their industry knowledge and expertise with the delegates. I particularly would like to acknowledge the contribution made by Michael Kilgariff (Managing Director, Australian Logistics Council), Dr Melissa McEwen (Branch Manager, Governance and Engagement Branch, Department of Education & Training), Tamara Kearsley (International Education Adviser, Austrade) and Liz Stafford (General Manager, Australian Qualifications Standards Authority).

The delegation also visited a number of organisations who are demonstrating an exceptional approach to investing in their people through delivering innovative, high-quality training initiatives. These organisations included Catch of the Day, Linfox and Airservices Australia. We also met with both private and public training providers who were able to showcase both their training approach to supporting the Australian Logistics Industry and also how they are delivering their expertise in China.

The outcome from this highly successful visit will only strengthen the relationship between TLISC and CFLP. We are now mapping out a strategic pathway to identify a number of collaborative activities that we can jointly undertake in the short and longer term.