A delegation from WorldSkills Australia and the Federal Government recently traveled to India for a two-day to mission to strengthen education and skills collaboration between the two countries.
WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd said the visit was a prime opportunity to promote Australia’s Vocational Education and Training system and showcase some of our outstanding young skills people to the world.
“During our two-day visit we gained a broader understanding of the skills and training markets in India and worked to establish better trade links with our Indian colleagues,” he said.
“We look forward to reciprocating the exchange when we welcome our WorldSkills India counterparts to compete in the Global Skills Challenge in Australia in July,” said Mr Judd
“India is looking to up skill 400 million people. This provides exceptional opportunities for Australian training providers to explore new ways to work together to address skills and workforce challenges across both nations,” he said.
The Chair of the Australia India Education Council, Megan Lilly, who is also a WorldSkills Australia board member and Head of Workforce Development at the Australian Industry Group, said: “Australia and India have developed a strong skills relationship over the past six years. This relationship continues to strengthen and is a key priority for both countries.
“This visit allowed us to showcase the best of the Australian vocational system along with leading businesses and medal winning apprentices,” Ms Lilly said.
“Australia and India have developed a strong skills relationship over the past six years. This relationship continues to strengthen and is a key priority for both countries. Industry is working with industry, providers with providers and government to government. Showcasing the best of the Australian vocational system along with leading businesses and medal winning apprentices will be a central focus.”
Pictured L – R: Jeanette Allen, WSA Director, and Board Member Aust. India Education Council (AIDC); Jayant Krishna, Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, National Skill Development Corporation, India; Judith McDonald, Australian Training Awards Finalist in the 2014 VET Trainer of the Year; Brett Judd, CEO WorldSkills Australia; Chirag Goel, WorldSkills India International Competitor (2015 / Web Design) and WorldSkills International Champions Trust representative for Asia; Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training; Brendon Carlson – WA 2016 Apprentice of the year representing Engineering and ATA 2016 Apprentice of the year, finalist; Shane Dealy – ATA 2016 Apprentice of the year representing Carpentry; Dylan Di Martino, 2015 WorldSkills Australia ‘Skillaroo’ and WorldSkills bronze medallist; Megan Lily – AiG, WSA Director, Chair AIDC