Major Agreement for Training and Assessment Services in Support of the Skilled Migration Program
Major industry projects are set to receive a boost from the agreement signed today between Victoria University (VU) and Site Group International (Site) to provide assessment and training services in support of skilled migration.
This agreement brings together a leading provider of workforce planning solutions with a leader in trades training to develop and deliver vocational assessment and training services from Site Groupai??i??s campus at the Clark Freeport Zone in the Philippines, and potentially other locations throughout Asia.
The skilled workers will be assessed to meet industry demand and address skills shortages across a range of growth sectors including mining and processing, oil and gas, engineering and camp services.
Today’s agreement expands the capacity and capability at the well-developed, centrally located Clark campus, which has a background in the provision of workforce services for big projects such as Malampaya (Shell Chevron PNOC) and other major Australian resource projects.
At the signing of the contract Ms Kath Curry, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Technical and Trades Innovation at VU, commented:
“This exciting venture enables VU to deliver quality skills assessment services from our broad range of programs to support employers who are struggling to find suitably qualified workers domestically for important projects.”
“The financial investment and quality commitment to training in the region cannot be understated,” Ms Curry explained. “This will support individuals and companies to get things moving and to connect across the Asian Century. This complements VUai??i??s mission to be excellent, engaged and accessible across countries and cultures and with industry. For these reasons we are looking forward to the opportunities that our ongoing relationship with Site will deliver.”
Site Managing Director and CEO Mr Vernon Wills agreed:
“This is a major public-private provider relationship that will deliver coordinated growth in services provided by VU and Site throughout the Asian region. We view this agreement as a major benefit to our Australian and global customers, adding a significant spread of training and assessment services to those we are currently offering.
“Australia continues to face shortages of skilled workers to complete approximately AUD$250 billion of projects that are already underway. Both VU and Site are committed to training and skilling Australians who are looking for a pathway into industry. The strength of this relationship means we are also able to provide companies with access to international workers who can be properly accredited to Australian standards to fill the gaps when project needs cannot be met by the existing workforce at home.”
Both VU and Site offer substantial vocational training capability around Australia and overseas.
About Victoria University
Victoria University (VU) works collaboratively to achieve strategic objectives, contribute to the growth of critical industries and meet a range of business needs. Our institution has a proud tradition of vocational education and training and our vital connections with industry and enterprises position us to successfully meet workforce needs now and into the future.
We pride ourselves on being a dynamic and responsive organisation with an approach to skills development that integrates theory and practical application for 21st century skills sets and employability. Our services support industry growth in areas of skills shortages that are critical to our economy and community.
VU is authorised by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) to conduct skills assessments services for persons seeking either Temporary 457 Visa under the 457 Skills Assessment Program or Permanent migration (GSM/ENS) under the Offshore Skills Assessment Program. VU is a provider for skills assessments in the licensed trades both onshore and offshore for candidates.
Our vision is to be excellent, engaged and accessible as we become a great university of the 21st century.
About Site Group International Limited
Site Group International Limited (ASX: SIT “Site”) is an ASX listed company providing Australian accredited and non-accredited training programs that are specifically tailored to employer needs. Vocational training is delivered through high quality facilities in the Philippines (Clark Freeport Zone) and in Australia through Site Skills Training. Site Skills Training has major training facilities in Perth, Gladstone, Darwin and Landsborough. At these locations our experienced team assesses, up-skills and trains industry experienced candidates in the mining & processing, oil & gas, construction, camp services, hospitality and logistic sectors.
The strategic location of our 300,000m2 facility at Clark Freeport Zone in the Philippines allows the company to deliver Australian standard training in a low cost and controlled environment. This facility has the capacity to complete large scale residential training programs customised to meet client specific requirements. The facility is currently delivering training and assessment services to a multi-national oil and gas company under a long term contract with a specific focus on health and safety. In addition the facility is currently delivering customised eight week residential courses in catering services to the Indonesian division of a multi-national mining services company. All vocational training is delivered with tailored job specific English language and cultural sensitivity training. In addition vocational training in areas such as fabrication, heavy diesel maintenance and refrigeration mechanics is also delivered.
Site Group International also delivers workforce planning solutions through Site WorkReady. Site WorkReady achieves “ready to work” international employees through an end to end “Source-Train-Deploy” service utilising the training and assessment facility at Clark Freeport Zone. Working closely with their clients the Site WorkReady team identify workers, complete assessment services and develop appropriate training. Employment candidates receive instruction in English, workplace health and safety systems as well as employer orientation training to support their transition to employment.