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.
The program is part of the Australian Government’s strategy to expand its international engagement in VET. 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. The program is managed by Coffey International Development and funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
AIS is using its expertise to assist Vietnam to:
- Establish an industry led mechanism for engaging logistics industry employers and the VET sector in skills development
- Develop occupational standards for selected job roles in logistics
- Improve the competencies and skills of selected colleges and enterprises
- Facilitate opportunities to exchange experience with key players in VET
The logistics sector has been selected as the pilot industry in the Aus4Skills program because it is important not only to Vietnam’s economic development but for Australia’s trade with Vietnam. Activities have been designed to improve the relevance and quality of skills training for the logistics industry in Vietnam.
2019 Study Tour
AIS hosted a high-level Vietnamese delegation in Canberra and Sydney from 22 February to 1 March 2019. The delegates participated in a short study program targeting the transport and logistics sectors. The program included visits to Toll Logistics and TAFE NSW campuses in Sydney and a visit to the Transport Industries Skills Centre in Canberra. Delegates also heard presentations by Australian Department of Education officials, My Freight Career and the Chair of the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee (IRC), Mark McKenzie.
This study tour was designed to give the visiting delegation an overview of industry-led VET in Australia. The delegation, consisting of 16 participants from the Vietnamese Government, industry and training colleges, gained an understanding of:
- Best practice in governance and policy for skills development
- Examples of best practice in industry operations and development of practical assessment
- Value to industry/government/community of developing high quality industry-led training
- The responsible role of colleges in providing contemporary training to the industry and community.
Vietnam has achieved significant improvements in access to and quality of primary and secondary education in recent years. Yet the labour force is regarded as low-skilled and falling behind the regional curve. The quality and relevance of teaching and research at both universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions needs to be upgraded to help graduates translate knowledge and skills into more effective practice in the workplace.
Previous AIS articles:
February 2019: AIS continues skills development partnership with Vietnam
December 2018: CEO update
October 2018: CEO update
April 2018: AIS hosts delegation from Vietnam
March 2018: CEO update
February 2018: CEO update
February 2018: AIS assists developing new skills framework in Vietnam
May 2017: AIS International footprint grows