Australian expertise and knowledge will be applied to assist India increase the skills of its workforce through international trainer and assessor courses mapped to Indian standards.
Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham tonight told the Australia India Business Council that the first of three pilot courses — a collaboration between Kangan Institute and Indian training provider IL&FS — commenced in Delhi this week.
“Access to quality skills trainers and assessors is a key aspect of any skills training system,” Senator Birmingham said. “To deliver effective training we must first train the trainers.
“The courses are aligned with Indian training qualifications allowing Australian training organisations to work with Indian partners to help meet India’s skills needs.
“The three International Training and Assessment Courses will be tailored to the needs of India to enable local firms and training institutions to quickly raise the standard and capacity of skills training.
“Global skills development is an exciting opportunity for Australian businesses to explore as they increasingly look to growing economies like India for new opportunities.
“These internationally relevant courses help to meet the global demand for skilled trainers and assessors.
“India and Australia share a desire to offer the best quality training so more people can realise the benefits of a world-class training qualification,” Senator Birmingham said.
“For India to meet this goal it needs to increase the number of trainers and assessors with an immediate supply of 70,000, then another 20,000 each year.
“The International Training and Assessment Courses will help India meet this training imperative, while creating new opportunities for Australian businesses to grow.”