In an era where global demand for skilled workers intensifies, the International Skills Training (IST) courses, initiated by the Australian Government in April 2017, have emerged as a beacon of innovation in vocational education and training (VET). These non-accredited training courses, meticulously designed for the offshore international student market, aim to equip trainers and assessors with internationally recognised core competencies.

Bridging the Skills Divide through Expert Collaboration

Developed by seasoned experts in the Australian Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector, IST courses have been approved by the Australian Government for delivery by licensed Australian Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). These courses stand out by supporting the global demand for quality training and assessment skills, crucial for bolstering economic growth aspirations across nations. The versatility of IST courses allows for their delivery in a plethora of settings, catering to a wide range of skills training sectors and industries. Notably, these courses are designed to be flexible and adaptable, enabling contextualisation for the target market, thus making them a viable non-accredited alternative to the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Success Stories from Across the Globe

From the scenic landscapes of Bhutan to the bustling cities of India, IST courses have made a significant impact, fostering skills development and enhancing the capacity of trainers and assessors in various regions. Let’s delve into a few remarkable case studies:
  • Empowering India’s Trainers During Lockdown: Amidst the stringent lockdowns, AAMC Training India harnessed this period to enrol learners from different Sector Skills Councils into the IST TVET training program. This initiative not only broadened the learners’ insights but also cemented trust in the program’s offerings.
  • Strengthening Bhutan’s TVET System: In collaboration with TAFE Directors Australia, Bhutan embarked on a journey to bolster its TVET system, with IST courses playing a pivotal role. The project, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, focused on sectors like Tourism and Hospitality, and Occupational Health and Safety, significantly enhancing the competencies of Bhutanese trainers.
  • Capacity Building in Myanmar: Through a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme, Melbourne Polytechnic contributed to the development of parliamentary support staff in Myanmar. Despite challenges, the program’s focus on mentoring and return-to-work plans received overwhelming positive feedback.
  • Upskilling Sri Lanka’s Hospitality Trainers: The collaboration between Melbourne Polytechnic and the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM) aimed at upskilling trainers to deliver competency-based training. Funded by an Australian aid project, this initiative marked a significant leap towards improving the quality of training in Sri Lanka’s hospitality sector.
  • REACH’s Initiative in India: Working alongside the Odisha State Government, REACH focused on upskilling trainers who support underprivileged youth. This initiative not only contributed to economic independence for many but also underscored the robust appetite in the Indian skilling ecosystem for courses based on Australian qualifications.
These case studies underscore the IST program’s flexibility, adaptability, and impact across different geographical and sectoral contexts, highlighting its role in meeting the diverse skills needs of the global workforce.

Get Involved

Australian RTOs interested in extending their reach and impact can apply for an IST licence, joining a network of providers dedicated to making a difference in the global VET landscape. For more details on how to apply or get involved, visit the International Skills Training page. Through the IST courses, Australia’s commitment to high-quality education continues to pave the way for international training excellence, bridging the skills gap and fostering economic independence for individuals and communities around the world.