A new Andrews Labor Government-led trade mission is helping Victoria’s TAFEs break into the $10 billion off-shore vocational education market and create more jobs for the sector.

“Victoria’s international education sector is world-renowned, with more than 200,000 students choosing to study here last year alone – but not every student can travel to study. By helping our TAFEs break into the off-shore market, more students will have access to Victoria’s world-class institutions.”

Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis

Victoria is a premium education destination and TAFEs are well placed to provide high-quality vocational training in other countries, but individual organisations face significant challenges competing in the global marketplace.

The Labor Government is helping TAFEs address these challenges by leading the first trade mission tailored to helping Victorian institutions win a bigger share of fast-growing markets across Asia and beyond.

The inaugural mission will take representatives from eight Victorian TAFEs to Indonesia under the TAFE Victoria brand to focus on sectors that urgently need skilled workers including ICT, logistics, transport, hospitality, tourism, oil and gas, and tailored teacher training.

“We know our TAFEs are world-class organisations, but sometimes they need a hand expanding into new markets and this trade mission will help them do just that. We’ve made record investments to put TAFE back at the heart of training in Victoria, so more people can get industry relevant training that leads to a job.”

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

Representatives will be introduced to key 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.

IMAGE: Clara Hoetzel is an international student from Bali, Indonesia studying Event Management at William Angliss Institute of TAFE.  Whilst studying here, Clara participated in Study Melbourne’s volunteer learning initiative LIVE (Live. Intern. Volunteer. Experience.) that provides international students with practical, useful opportunities to connect with peers and employers, apply knowledge and experience life in Victoria. For more on Clara’s story and Study Melbourne’s LIVE program visit their website.