Australia-India Future Skills Initiative steps ahead to build two-way market literacy and skills partnership momentum

New Delhi: The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Australian Government, is bringing together a 33-member future skills delegation providing Australian skilling capability across digital technologies, energy and infrastructure. Delegates will visit New Delhi, Pune and Chennai to build two-way market literacy and skills partnership momentum, while developing business ties / partnerships between Australian and Indian institutions, universities and corporates.

This delegation is a part of Australian Government’s Australia-India Future Skills Initiative (FSI), a national priority program which supports Australian skills providers, Indian skilling institutions and corporates to identify collaboration models and partnerships for skills delivery in India to help meet India’s labour force requirements.

On 8-11 April 2024, Austrade in partnership with the Australian Department of Employment and Workplace Relations and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), is hosting the Australia-India Industry Skills Partnership Summit in New Delhi. The Summit delivers on the Australian Government’s commitment in its Update to an India Economic Strategy to 2035, to hold an Australia-India Skills Summit to strengthen linkages in vocational education and training. The Summit is followed by parallel 2-day Business Programs (10-11 April 2024) in Pune and Chennai for the visiting Australian future skills delegation.

The summit was kicked off by a traditional lighting of the lamp (diyas) by HE Philip Green OAM, Australian High Commissioner to India, BVR Mohan Reddy, Chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry National Education Council & Founder Chairman & Board Member, Cyient, and Catherine Gallagher, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Minister Commercial and Head of Austrade South Asia.

Australian education and training providers deliver world-class skills training in nearly 50 locations worldwide, supporting governments, businesses and industry to meet learner, employer and workforce needs.

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Australia’s skills training sector is designed by industry, for industry. Expert industry representatives have a central leadership role in determining the competencies that Australia’s industries and employers need.

Australia’s skills training system operates across schools, the vocational education and training, and higher education sectors. The system features quality assurance mechanisms at all levels.

Speaking about the delegation visit, Ms Catherine Gallagher, Minister-Commercial and Head of Austrade South Asia said, “Australia has a reputation for world-class vocational education and skills training. This delegation comes at a time when Australia and India are more strategically and economically aligned than ever before. This delegation will connect Australian vocational education and training providers with Indian learners and industry to help meet India’s critical and emerging labour force requirements”.

“I am sure the Australia-India Industry Skills Partnership Summit and Business Program will support our skills ecosystems to forge meaningful partnerships and programs for the future”, she added.

During the event, the Australian Government facilitated panellists, including commercial collaboration to address India’s skills requirements. Additionally, Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) were signed between BSI Learning, CHANDIGARH UNIVERSITY and Cyberpeace; and ISTE VIT, marking an important step towards strengthening ties between the two nations and opening up new avenues for collaboration.