Austrade signs MoUs to improve India’s skill and vocational training standards

International certifications in India will help youth to find good job opportunities within India and abroad.

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) has signed an MoU with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to collaborate on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes.

This MoU will focus on Australian training standards and delivery in sectors ranging across automotive, allied health, mining, IT, cyber security, renewable energy, logistics, supply chain and water management.

Austrade’s Australia-India Future Skills Initiative team in India will execute these actions with CII. This initiative is to support India’s workforce and skills development through partnerships with Australian vocational education, training and skills providers.

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Leo Bremanis, Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) said in a statement, “I am delighted to sign this MoU between Austrade and CII today, to collaborate on the Australia-India Future Skills Initiative.”

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“Australia’s education and vocational training system are world-class, and Australian skills provision in India is a wonderful opportunity for our bilateral relationship and India’s workforce development. “

“CII’s strong industry interface will see our skills collaboration go from strength to strength,” added Mr Bremanis

Sougata Roy Choudhury, Executive Director of Skill Development & Livelihood with CII, said, “CII is happy to collaborate with Austrade under their Future skills initiative.”

“This collaboration will help to bring the latest Australia based Vocational programs to India which will enable youth to get World-class training and certification.”

“It is our endeavour to bring such International certifications in India helping youth to find good job opportunities within India and abroad,” said Mr Choudhary.

Further, Austrade also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India’s Leather Sector Skill Council.


Leo Bremanis, Trade Commissioner, Austrade, and Rajesh Ratnam, CEO, of Leather Sector Skill Council, exchanged copies of the MoU. Sarah Kirlew, Consul-General, Australian Consulate, Chennai; and Sanjay Leekha, Chairman, Council for Leather Exports, were present.

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The MoU will be implemented through the Future Skills Initiative team in Austrade India and focus on job roles relating to the following fields: 3D printing, product design, automation engineering, 3D scanning, computerised stitching machine operations, computerised cutting machine operations, automatic machine programming, AI-driven quality inspection and many other innovative areas.

This MoU will help in building collaboration in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes. It will also introduce Australian training standards in the Indian leather sector. There will be a specific focus on sustainability, net zero, industry 4.0, virtual and augmented reality and other applications.


Leo Bremanis, Australian Trade and Investment Commissioner to South Asia, said:

“Through the Australia-India Future Skills Initiatve we will work together to introduce Australian technical and vocational education programs and standards in India across sectors, ranging from #IT and #cyber to #automotive and allied #health. We’ll focus on developing India’s #workforce capability and opportunity for its #youth.”

Such initiatives also encourage bilateral collaboration on delivering Australian skills training to India through trade missions, G2G agreements, webinars, seminars and business matching in the education and training sector.