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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

MARTIN RIORDAN

Chief Executive Officer

TAFE Directors Australia

16 October 2014

Melbourne, Victoria

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)

GCC-Australia Policy Dialogue

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

GCC-Australia Policy Dialogue

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

GCC-Australia Policy Dialogue

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

GCC-Australia Policy Dialogue

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

GCC-Australia Policy Dialogue

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