2018 KPMG The Global Demand for Skills report

​In late 2018, the Department of Education and Training commissioned an update of the 2016 KPMG report The Global Demand for Skills to identify changes in the skills gaps of twenty emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Latin America. The findings will help inform the next phase of implementation of the Australian Government’s International Skills Training (IST) courses.

The updated report has identified a growing need for upskilling in service industries, with the transport and logistics sector having the highest need, followed by tourism, construction, aged care, health services, retail and wholesale, food and beverage, and childcare. While the demand for some sectors has changed slightly since 2016, these findings are broadly consistent with that of the 2016 report. No new sectors have emerged.

The sectors where upskilling is needed correspond with Australia’s training strengths, which provides opportunities for Australian training providers, whether through the delivery of Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) courses or the IST courses.

Find a link to the full report below:
2018 KPMG Report The Global Demand for Skills


The IST courses are an Australian Government initiative to increase offshore training opportunities for Australian registered training organisations (RTOs), and assist labour markets in emerging economies to upskill and grow their workforces.

The initiative currently comprises three courses in training and assessment, which have been designed for flexible delivery to an international audience offshore. Australian RTOs are able to apply for a licence from the department to deliver the courses:

i. TVET Trainer
ii. TVET Assessor
iii. TVET Advanced Trainer and Assessor.

Further information about the IST courses can be found at: https://www.education.gov.au/internationalskillstraining or email at internationalskillstraining@education.gov.au