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TVET UK doubles income in 18 months to £40mn

The organisation charged with growing the UK's technical and vocational education exports says it has doubled its turnover to £40 million in a little over a year. TVET UK's growth has been driven by multi-figured deals with governments and corporations in Nigeria, Turkmenistan and Saudi Arabia. TVET UK is also establishing an office in Saudi Arabia.

Education New Zealand’s new plan for private sector

As new research reveals international education was worth NZ$2.6 billion in 2012/2013, Education New Zealand has released an engagement plan to bolster its struggling private sector. The initiative will focus on advocating for regulatory reform, increasing access to government grants and boosting offshore marketing. There is a clear focus on leveraging opportunities presented by vocational training too.

World Skills Competition promotes VET

The essential role skills play in the global economy was highlighted last week at the 42nd World Skills Competition in Liepziger, Germany, organised by WorldSkills International. The competition involved one thousand youngsters from 52 countries and regions who competed in a variety of skill sets.

WorldSkills expo showcases global VET talent

The 42nd World Skills event is taking place in Leipzig, Germany this week. National teams will compete to win podium medal places in different categories covering six main skills sectors and around 1,000 competitors will be taking part in the event from 54 countries.

Australia: 19% fall in exports hits VET, ELICOS

The Australian Council for Private Education and Training has called for student visa reforms to be extended beyond the university sector, after a damning report showed Australia’s $2billion education export industry fell sharply in the two years to FY2011-12—with the brunt borne by ELICOS and VET.

Chinese education reps explore Welsh VET

Education leaders from Chongqing, China, visited Wales (UK) last month to build ties between the two countries over vocational education. During the five-day visit, senior staff from Chinese primary, middle and vocational schools visited FE colleges.

Malaysia opens VET to foreign providers

Foreign education providers will be allowed to expand into Malaysia's vocational education sector, the government has announced, as it aims to increase economic growth by 2020 and alleviate major skills shortages. However, international institutions will face challenges to recruit students in the country, given only around 10% of secondary schools age students go into vo­cational and technical streams.