The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) Program aims to strengthen mutual understanding between Australia and the countries of Asia, the Pacific and Africa through making a positive contribution to development. The Program achieves these aims by placing skilled young Australians (18-30) on assignments in developing countries in Asia, the Pacific and Africa. AYAD volunteers work with local counterparts in Host Organisations to achieve sustainable development outcomes through capacity building and skill sharing. The AYAD Program is fully funded by the Australian Government’s international development agency, AusAID. Austraining is responsible for all aspects of the program from recruiting and selecting, to mobilising, allowances, in-country management and community engagement.
As part of Australian Volunteers for International Development, an Australian Government, AusAID initiative, Austraining International places skilled Australians on volunteer assignments across Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Volunteers work with local people to share knowledge, develop sustainable skills and build the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities in line with partner governments and Australian Government development priorities and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Austraining is responsible for all aspects of the program from promotion through to recruitment and selection, to mobilising, allowances, in country management and community engagement.
Austraining International’s Corporate Volunteering Program provides an opportunity for corporate clients to reward valued staff, develop international business relationships and achieve Corporate Social Responsibility targets, while contributing to the reduction of poverty in the developing world. Austraining provides an all encompassing package of assignment sourcing, briefing and training, visas and accommodation assistance as well as supportive in-country management.
Austraining International manages the provision of post selection support services for Endeavour Award Holders in partnership with the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISTRE). Established in 2003, the Endeavour Awards is an academic program bringing high achieving students, researchers and professionals to Australia to undertake short or long term study, research and professional development in a broad range of disciplines. The Endeavour Awards is also available to Australian students, researchers and professionals who wish to undertake an international learning experience. Austraining contributes to the success of the Endeavour Awards through the effective delivery of Post Selection Support Services. Award Holders are supported by a dedicated Case Manager to prepare for, undertake and successfully complete their Award. Case Managers provide preliminary advice and guidance, visas and local information through to in-country support and progress review.
Austraining International has forged a strong relationship with GRM, the Managing Contractor for Scholarships PNG, an AusAID initiative as part of the Australian Government's commitment to capacity building in PNG. The Program provides opportunities for PNG Nationals to study in Australian Higher Education organisations to gain Vocational Education qualifications, undergraduate and post graduate qualifications at Masters and PhD levels. Austraining International provides On Award support to PNG students and their families in Australia. Case Managers are located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne.
Austraining International manages the Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). The Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships Program provides practising language teachers and trainee (pre-service) language teachers with a three week in-country professional learning experience to increase their language proficiency, and strengthen networking among practising and trainee language teachers. Study programs are held in China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and the UAE as well as France, Germany, Italy and Spain Austraining is the program manager in conjunction with the University of Adelaide's Centre for Professional and Continuing Education, to deliver 3 week study programs managing all elements of promotion, briefing, in country support and online education tools.
Funded by AusAID, through the provision of development-relevant work placements, high performing scholars from the Pacific can build on their postgraduate academic experience through on-the-job application. Award recipients are matched with an appropriate business and industry partner to undergo a 3 month placement to assist in expanding the scholarship experience in a practical business environment. Austraining management responsibilities include sourcing work placements, leadership development, program promotion, selection and Award administration and monitoring and evaluation.
The Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) values the development of strong and constructive contacts with regional defence and security organisations. To aid in the development of these ties, and to help meet the demand from the region for increasing highly skilled defence personnel, the ADO has instituted the Defence Cooperation Scholarship Program (DCSP) at the postgraduate level. The scholarship scheme, aims to provide senior and middle-ranking officers and defence civilians, with prospects for leadership in regional defence organisations, the opportunity to further develop their skills. The DCSP is offered to countries in the North/South East Asian and South West Pacific regions with approximately 70 scholarships offered each year in Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia Indonesia, Tonga, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Austraining manages the students through the scholarship cycle from application and selection, through to post-selection support services
The goal of the Kiribati Technical and Vocational Education and Training Sector Strengthening Program (TVETSSP) is to support the Government of Kiribati’s vision for an internationally respected national technical and vocational education sector which plays a valued role in improving national economic growth and increasing the employability of the people of Kiribati at home and abroad, especially its young women and men. Austraining International is the Managing Contractor for this program in conjunction with TAFE SA and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC). Austraining works with AusAID and the Government of Kiribati to deliver an AQTF framework to Kiribati Institute of Technology, increasing technical and vocational skills for individuals.
The project provides the Government of Timor Leste with a locally sustainable model for technical training that equips youth with employment skills. It also promotes apprenticeship training of these students and provides jobs to graduates, therefore contributing to the development of the country's infrastructure. All teachers involved in the program are qualified to Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment Program, in-country by East Timor Department of Labour and International Labour Organisations. The Timor Leste Basic Skills Training Project is an activity jointly funded by AusAID and the South Australian state government. Austraining’s role is the Australian Managing Contractor and provides project management services in Timor Leste as well as from the Head Office in Adelaide South Australia for the project. The project office in Dili is staffed by a project coordinator, an administration assistant, two VIDA volunteers and an AYAD volunteer.