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GCC-Australia Trade & Investment Forum. MARTIN RIORDAN Chief Executive Officer TAFE Directors Australia 16 October 2014 Melbourne , Victoria. Overview of GCC education and & skilling. Average 20% of GCC country budgets spent on education Two recent reports indicate poor results:

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Gcc australia trade investment forum

GCC-Australia Trade & Investment Forum

MARTIN RIORDAN

Chief Executive Officer

TAFE Directors Australia

16 October 2014

Melbourne, Victoria


Gcc australia trade investment forum

GCC-Australia Policy Dialogue


Overview of gcc education and skilling

Overview of GCC education and & skilling

  • Average 20% of GCC country budgets spent on education

  • Two recent reports indicate poor results:

    • Only 29% of employers believe students are prepared for work (Ernst & Young, March 2014)

    • GCC region faces a shortage of competent, skilled labour (Alpen Capital, July 2014

  • Focus and investment primarily in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and UAE (92% of 355 education projects)

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Australian achievements to date

Australian achievements to date

  • Two university campuses in Dubai (Wollongong & Murdoch)

  • Student visa holders in Australia (as at 30 June 1014)

    • Saudi Arabia 8,396; #11 in top source countries c/w #1 China 76,152

  • New visas granted in last 12 months

    • ELICOS 1,452 from Saudi

    • Higher Ed 1,741 from Saudi

    • Post Graduate 373 from Saudi, 91 from Oman

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Australian achievements to date1

Australian achievements to date

  • TAFE partnerships

    • UAE

      • TAFE NSW – ADVETI (build, operate, transfer vocational college)

      • Challenger – education services for ADVETI

      • TAFE SA

      • Canberra Institute – leadership training for government departments

      • Kangan

    • Saudi Arabia (Kangan)

    • Kuwait (Kangan, Central Institute, Skills Tech)

    • Qatar

      • Holmesglen – oil & gas training with Qatar Petroleum

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Opportunities for the vet sector

Opportunities for the VET sector

  • Saudi Arabia

    • establishment and management of technical colleges

    • 14 established; 27 to come on line in 2014-15

    • UK consortium won $AUD 500m in March 2014 to build and manage three colleges

    • Strong interest in Australian participation but sustainability of the business model led to several TAFEs withdrawing from bidding

  • Oman

    • A strong and emerging market with preliminary discussions underway

  • Qatar

    • Established projects and potential for expansion

  • UAE

    • Most successful market entry to date with on-going engagement and extension of projects

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Challenges

Challenges

  • Geopolitical issues

    • the Arab Spring, followed by the emergence and impact of ISIS

    • Western military intervention

  • Cultural awareness and sensitivities

    • Role of women in education and training

    • Employment opportunities for GCC nationals

    • Changing dynamics for expat employment

  • Business models with a strong return on investment

    • Contracts heavily loaded to employment outcomes which may not be at the preferred levels

    • Access and availability for local hire or skilled contractors for provision of education services

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Next steps

Next steps

  • Maintain the dialogue at all levels; government, industry, education providers

  • Explore the viability of skills validation and skills gap training for expat labour, particularly from the India sub continent

  • Leverage Australian education sector engagement to develop a multi-sector approach which offers clear pathways from school to vocational training to higher education

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Thank You

Martin Riordan

[email protected]


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