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Australia takes the lead in Training and Skilling a Global Workforce

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
The Hon Steve Irons MP
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships

The Morrison Government has reaffirmed its commitment to position Australia as a world leader in delivering quality vocational education and training (VET), with the launch of the VET International Engagement Strategy 2025 today.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the strategy will ensure the Australian VET sector continues to play a significant role in contributing to the development of a highly skilled workforce. 

“Enhancing Australia’s role as a global leader in vocational education and training is a priority for the Government,” said Minister Cash.

“By supporting international VET students in Australia and building the capacity of partner countries to develop training systems aligned with industry needs, we will open up market opportunities for Australian training providers while ensuring local employers can access the skilled workers they need, when they need them.”

The strategy was developed in partnership with key VET stakeholders, including providers and industry peak bodies. 

Implementing the strategy will be a collaborative effort between the sector, industry and government, with an implementation plan to be developed in 2020. A working group drawn from the sector will work with Expert Members of the Council for International Education.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, The Hon Steve Irons MP said Australia’s VET system is among the best in the world in developing a skilled workforce that is flexible and responsive to the changing needs of business and industry.

“Increasing our skills engagement with the world and leading the charge in building a highly skilled global workforce is essential to securing Australia’s social and economic prosperity,” said Assistant Minister Irons. 

The strategy was endorsed at today’s meeting of the Council for International Education.

For more information visit the website: https://www.employment.gov.au/international-skills-engagement