Victoria is a premium education destination and our TAFEs are well placed to provide high-quality vocational training in other countries, but there are significant challenges competing in the global marketplace.
The Victorian Government is helping TAFEs address these challenges by leading the first TAFE Victoria trade mission tailored to helping Victorian institutions win a bigger share of fast-growing markets across Asia and beyond.
The inaugural mission took representatives from eight Victorian TAFEs to Indonesia under the TAFE Victoria brand to focus on sectors that urgently need skilled workers including information and communications technology (ICT), logistics, transport, hospitality, tourism, oil and gas, and tailored teacher training.
Representatives were introduced to key Indonesian government agencies, industry groups, chambers of commerce and business councils, with outcomes to guide the design of future TAFE-targeted trade missions.
International education is Victoria’s largest services export sector, with local services currently generating $9.9 billion annually for the state’s economy. However there are enormous opportunities for TAFEs to deliver high-quality vocational training to off-shore students.
Demand is especially high across South East Asia where countries are facing workforce gaps caused by rapid changes in industry.
A number of immediate opportunities have been identified as a result of the mission, and plans are in place for a return to Indonesia to present TAFE Victoria proposals and further engage with government and industry.