South Metropolitan TAFE gets top training award

South Metropolitan TAFE (SMTAFE) has been named one of the top 50 vocational institutions in the Asia-Pacific region for a second consecutive year. On behalf of the Western Australian Government, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery accepted the prestigious award which was presented by the International Cultural Resource Organisation (ICRO) at a special ceremony in Shanghai ,China, last week. 

The award recognises training institutions that have made outstanding contributions in the cultivation of technical and skilled personnel in the Asia-Pacific. Only one other Australian training organisation, the Melbourne Institute of Technology, featured on the list. SMTAFE was recognised for its work with ICRO and the Zhejiang Provincial Government to successfully roll out the TAFE model across the region. This involved working on in-country delivery of the Advanced Diploma of Engineering with the Zhejiang Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and establishing professional development programs with Ningbo Polytechnic, Wuhan Technical College of Communications and the Zhejiang Institute of Economics and Trade.

ICRO collaborates with overseas educational providers, such as SM TAFE, to promote high-quality foreign educational programs, resources, undergraduate and postgraduate programs as well as conferences and study tours. To further strengthen the relationship between SM TAFE and ICRO, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two organisations. The MoU will progress new training opportunities in China in 2020 in aged care, individual support and remedial massage.

WA has long-standing ties with the Zhejiang Province through its Sister State agreement, which has been active since 1987. In August 2019 the McGowan Government launched WA's Asian Engagement Strategy 2019—2030: Our Future with Asia ,which will support the relationships, knowledge and skills necessary to grow trade and investment with Asian markets, diversifying and expanding the State's economy and creating jobs.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Ellery said "Winning this prestigious award for a second consecutive year is no small feat and is a true testament to the hard work and commitment of South Metropolitan TAFE and the high standard of the Western Australian TAFE system. This award reinforces not only South Metropolitan TAFE's reputation in China as a high-quality vocational education and training provider, but ensures TAFE remains a preferred provider for future projects in China. Western Australia's vocational education and training sector is one of the best in the world.".

Read the full media statement here

Page last updated January 13, 2020