From the CEO – August 2015
From the CEO
On the 28th July I attended an address by Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training to the Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA) where he highlighted the critical importance of International Education has for the Australian economy.
In April this year the government released for consultation the Draft National Strategy for International Education. This strategy outlines three pillars to keep our international education offering strong, and to grow it further into the future. The pillars are:
- Getting the fundamentals right; creating an education system that stands out as the best in the world with some of our institutions ranked among the very best in the world
- Reaching out to the world, building on our strong education and research partnerships to broaden engagement in international education, fostering an international outlook among Australian students and researchers, and attracting more of the world’s students and researchers to Australia
- Staying competitive; continuing to improve the quality of education and living experience for international students, and embracing new opportunities to grow international education in Australia
To highlight the contribution and importance of International Education to Australia since 2002, more than 1.8 million international students have studied in Australia.
TLISC is contributing to the government’s focus on improving our International Education footprint through undertaking a project to benchmark qualifications and develop regional occupational standards in selected occupations in the transport and logistics sector in targeted APEC economies. The economies participating in this project are China, The Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia. TLISC is working on another international project looking at developing occupational standards in the Ports Sector across five member countries of the Indian Ocean Rim Association.
In the longer term these projects will underpin the creation of transnational occupational standards which support labour mobility and improved operational performance across the supply chain in our region. They will also provide increased opportunities for Australian training providers to deliver their expertise in new markets.
This week I will be attending the launch in Hobart by Minister Matthew Groom, Minister for State Growth, Energy, Environment, Parks & Heritage of the Tasmanian Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Group’s ‘TTA Workforce Plan 2015-2018’. For the last two year’s TLISC has supported the Tasmanian TLWAG through performing the secretariat function for this important industry advisory group.
The advisory group is made up of key industry and government representatives from across Tasmania and has a mission to identify, develop and execute strategies to address the key challenges facing the industry in Tasmania. A key activity which will be facilitated next month by the TLWAG with the support of the Tasmanian Transport Association and key local industry stakeholders is the annual ‘Careers on the Move’ program. This exciting initiative provides high school students with experiential program learning about the numerous career opportunities available in the transport and logistics industry. Organisations that will be hosting visits during the program include the Australian Maritime College, De Bruyns Transport, Toll Shipping, Aus Flight Handling, Statewide Independent Wholesalers and SRT Logistics.
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