The world is witnessing an unprecedented demand for skilled professionals across industries. At the heart of meeting this demand is the quality of vocational education and training (VET) provided to the workforce. Recognising this global need, the Australian Government launched the International Skills Training (IST) courses in April 2017. These courses are designed to equip trainers and assessors around the world with the skills necessary to deliver high-quality training and assessments. Here’s how educators, trainers, and organisations can leverage this initiative to enhance their capabilities and contribute to closing the global skills gap.

Understanding the IST Courses

The IST courses are non-accredited training programs developed by Australian TVET experts, aimed at the international student market outside Australia. These courses focus on providing learners with core competencies in training and assessment, based on the high-quality standards and industry-defined skills requirements that underpin Australia’s renowned VET system. The primary aim is to support the global demand for quality training, thereby bolstering economic growth and workforce development in participating countries.

For Prospective Providers: How to Get Involved

  1. Apply for an IST License: Australian Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) can apply for a licence to deliver IST courses. This is your first step towards becoming a part of a global network committed to educational excellence. Ensure your organisation is equipped with the necessary resources and expertise to meet the high standards set by the Australian Government for IST providers.
  2. Partner Strategically: IST courses offer the flexibility to be delivered in partnership with local training providers, governments, or private employers overseas. Forming strategic partnerships can enhance the delivery of these courses, making them more accessible and relevant to the target market.
  3. Customise Course Delivery: The design of IST courses allows for contextualisation to meet the specific needs of your audience. Whether it’s adapting the courses for a particular industry sector or aligning them with the local cultural context, customisation is key to maximising impact.

For Trainers and Assessors: Enhancing Your Skills

  1. Seek Opportunities for Professional Development: If you’re a trainer or assessor looking to upskill, IST courses represent an excellent opportunity for professional growth. These courses can provide you with a deeper understanding of competency-based training and assessment, an approach that is increasingly valued globally.
  2. Engage with Australian RTOs: Reach out to Australian RTOs licensed to deliver IST courses to explore opportunities for collaboration or enrolment. These partnerships can offer valuable insights into Australia’s VET sector and open up new avenues for skill development.
  3. Implement Learnings in Your Practice: Applying the knowledge and skills acquired from IST courses can significantly enhance your training delivery. Whether it’s through adopting innovative teaching methods or integrating competency-based assessments, the implementation of these learnings can drive tangible improvements in training outcomes.

Maximising the Benefits

  • Stay Informed: Keep abreast of the latest developments in the IST initiative by visiting the official website and subscribing to updates. This will ensure you remain informed about new courses, partnership opportunities, and best practices.
  • Leverage Support Resources: Take advantage of the support resources provided, including the IST Courses Sample Materials Pack and the Program Guidelines. These resources can help you navigate the complexities of course delivery and ensure compliance with program standards.
  • Share Success Stories: If you’re involved in delivering IST courses, share your experiences and success stories. This can inspire others and contribute to a richer understanding of the program’s impact across different contexts.

The International Skills Training initiative represents a significant step forward in the global effort to enhance the quality of VET. By participating in this initiative, educators, trainers, and organisations can play a pivotal role in shaping a skilled, competent workforce ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s economy.