Australia exports its training expertise to help neighbouring nations

by Ray Clancy on December 26, 2014

in Australia

Australia is envied across the world for its skills in delivering training programmes and now that has been expanded to remote neighbouring nations to create job opportunities.

In particular, trade unions and employer groups are working together to deliver programmes for people in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.


Trade unions and employer groups are working to deliver programmes in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea

“We welcome the opportunity to work with industry, employer organisations and our union counterparts to tackle this issue through the joint development of skills and training programmes that will lead to fair and sustainable employment,” said Ged Kearney, head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACT).

ACCI Director of Employment, Education and Training, Jenny Lambert said innovative training programmes in both PNG and Vanuatu will help young people make that first step into employment and help future leaders in industry progress down the path towards workplace leadership.

In Vanuatu, the project involves job readiness training for new entrants to the workforce, a pilot programme to provide training for workplace mentors and trainers for existing hotel workers, and international workshops to improve social dialogue in the tourism sector and to link farmers with workers to create additional employment opportunities.

In Papua New Guinea, it includes pilot training sessions in stevedoring based on the Australian Training Framework, which the PNG Government has committed to register as standard and mandatory, a feasibility study and workshops for a national truck driving school and a truck driving standard that will now be developed.

ILO Director of the Office for Pacific Island Countries, David Lamotte, welcomed the joint efforts of Australian unions and employer groups.

“The Australian social partners worked closely with their counterparts in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea to put in place initiatives to create frameworks for employment creation,” said Lamotte.

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