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From the Desk of the CEO – June 2018 Newsletter Address

This month, I was invited by the Australia Indonesia Business Council Victoria (AIBC) to speak at the Education Panel discussion about education in Indonesia. The conference aimed to unpick some of the key issues in a critical sector for Indonesia, and learn more about the country’s aspirations.

During the panel, AIBC provided some timely analysis of the key sectors and what it means for educational business and organisations in Australia.

The panel discussion, moderated by Helen Brown, Managing Director, Bisnis Asia, involved Professor Abid Khan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President, Global Engagement, Monash University, Elena Williams, Immediate past Resident Director, Australian Consortium for In-County Indonesian Studies (ACICIS), and Sigmund Fritschy, Senior Manager, Strategy and Policy – International Education, Victorian Government. The invitation to represent Sustainable Skills at the panel has been a privilege as well as a recognition of the work we have done over the past two years exploring VET market partnerships in Indonesia, and establishing relationships with Ministries and industry officials.

The panel discussed a number of opportunities which have been created by Indonesia’s desire and need to improve the education sector generally and the vocational education sector specifically. However to succeed in helping Indonesia develop an industry engaged vocational education sector
Australian institutions need to spend the time developing relationships and understanding the culture.

Sustainable Skills during the past 18 months has built strong relationships with a number of Indonesian ministries and government organisations and has developed a menu of very interesting opportunities that we will continue to explore and develop. Each requires a local focus and strong guidance from experienced Australian specialists. This will take time, but we are confident that strong results will emerge from the application of that Australian expertise. We’d welcome partners or supporters in any of these projects.

We are glad to announce that the team which is currently managing the consultancy contract sponsored by the World Bank to address skills imbalances and shortages in Uganda is now complete. Over the past two months, we have gone through a recruitment process to appoint new Team Leader and Senior Consultant. Lisa Giammarco has been appointed to the Team Leader position after her many months of service as the Acting Team Leader and Senior Consultant. Sarah Nalumansi has now joined the Kamapla based team, which comprises Mary Jo Kakinda and Simon Peter Nanagbo, stepping into Lisa’s former role as the new Senior Consultant. Sarah has significant depth and breadth of experience in projects similar to the due diligence activities we are undertaking for the Private Sector Foundation Uganda and will be a great asset to this project. Welcome on board Sarah!


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Dual Education and Corporate Responsibility: Public-Private alliances for Social Mobility

Delaney Nugent, Sustainable Skills Consultant at the UNESCO and Audi México – International Forum. From top left advisors from: Jamaica, the Commonweath of Learning, UNEVOC – Hong Kong, England, Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, UN – Paris, Delaney from Australia, and Ghana .

UNESCO and Audi México – International Forum – Dual Education and Corporate Responsibility

In May this year, Delaney Nugent as a representative of Sustainable Skills was invited to participate in and present at the UNESCO Office in Mexico and Audi México, International Forum for Dual Education and Corporate Responsibility – Public-Private alliances for Social Mobility.

This international event took place from the 30th of May to the 1st of June 2018 in the Audi plant in San José Chiapa and the city of Puebla. The forum was an initiative organized between the UNESCO Office in Mexico and the new plant of Audi México in close collaboration with the Government of the State of Puebla, Mexico, with the forum inviting global experts and advisors in education and training to contribute to policy development in this field.

The Forum had a focus on Dual Education, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), including entrepreneurship and sustainability themes. Government and industry alike recognize the growing significance of the conservation and sustainable use of resources as well as social equity responsibilities associated with business development, presenting the challenge of ensuring vocational education and training are responsive to these needs.

Australia has proven success in Vocational Education and Training, through the development and delivery of policy and systems that address sustainability in economic, environmental  and social terms.

Given Delaney’s experience and expertise in this field, she was invited to present and participate in the panel focusing on “Dual Education and Inclusion”, providing an Australian perspective on an international model.