An agreement was signed at the end of last month by the government of Kerala in India and the Queensland Skills and Education Consortium, which is formed of five institutions, with the aim of training 1,200 students in Kerala in the first six months.
“The courses will be taught in school facilities over the summer vacation”
The Queensland Skills and Education Consortium is led by the Australian Retail College, and also includes TAFE Queensland, Charlton Brown, Food Coach Institute and Intech Institute of Technology.
“The Indian Government’s initiative will have a profound global impact, lifting millions of people out of poverty, an ambitious goal that Queensland is keen to help achieve,” said Jackie Trad, Queensland’s deputy premier and minister for trade and investment, in a statement.
She added that only 2.3% of the total workforce in India have undergone formal skill training.
The training will target the sectors of retail, robotics, healthcare, fitness and construction, and the group hopes to expand the training to other Indian states in the future.
Those receiving the training will be students between 17 and 22 who go to government schools in Kerala, and who have opted to learn a vocational subject as well as their usual school curriculum, according to Sam Freeman, VP of the Australian Retail College India.
“The courses will be taught in school facilities over the summer vacation,” he told The PIE News.
They have also enrolled in the Additional Skill Acquisition Programme, an initiative to provide additional skill sets to students.
“The programme is not positioned as an employment outcome programme, more of a chance to get skills and dip your toes in the water before selecting a career,” Freeman said, but added that in the past, the retail college has seen “a high success rate of internships leading to employment offers”.
The Skilling India project has a target to train 500 million people by 2022.