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VSA International Skills Fellowship

Fellowship Application Form


Applications are now closed for 2023

The Victorian Skills Authority (VSA) in partnership with the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) are offering fifteen (15) VET International Skills Fellowships in 2023 valued at $13,000 each.

The Victorian Skills Authority works in partnership with the International Specialised Skills Institute by funding the VSA International Skills Fellowship. The Fellowship program focuses on developing opportunities for building quality and excellence in the VET workforce.

The Fellowships are available to members of the Victorian VET Sector who are employed within Victorian Government contracted Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), including TAFEs, private RTOs and Adult,Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board registered Learn Local Providers (LL providers). Fellowships are also available to VSA Industry Advisory Group members and their Executive Officers.


About this Fellowship

The Victorian Skills Authority works in partnership with the International Specialised Skills Institute by funding the VET International Practitioner Fellowships. The Fellowship program focuses on developing opportunities within the VET sector to assist in building an Education State in Victoria that produces excellence and reduces the impact of disadvantage. In addition, the program is funded to support the priorities of Skills First, including developing capacity and capability, innovative training practices and increasing teacher quality within the VET sector as well as building industry capability and developing Victoria’s current and future workforce.

Those eligible are invited to apply for a Fellowship that will support the continued development of a skilled Victoria

with a focus on one of the following priority areas:

1. Developing quality training with deep and meaningful connections to emerging or ongoing industry needs.

2. Developing educational approaches that support inclusion and increase participation.

3. Developing education and training that supports the skills needed for a clean economy.

Inclusivity and Flexibility

Fellows have the option of utilising their Fellowship funds to focus on their skills-lead research remotely via desktop leaning, networking and through meaningful connections with international experts (as academics do when they secure a research grant). This could be done by video meetings, webinars, online conferences, and training, etcetera, essentially providing the follow with the gift of time. This enables a Fellow to concentrate fully on their skill/topic and area of expertise for a set period. This will then allow the Fellow to bring new skills and best practice back to their practice. This option gives the Fellow greater flexibility. This approach also opens opportunities for a diverse cohort of potential Fellows who for some reason or another are unable to travel perhaps due to caring responsibilities, disability or a medical condition that leaves them ineligible for international travel insurance.

International  Specialised  Skills Institute (ISS Institute)

The ISS Institute was founded in 1991, by a small group of innovative leaders who had a vision of building a community of industry specialists who would lead the up skilling of the Australian workforce. Investing in the development of talented, passionate and innovative Australians to travel abroad to develop new skills and knowledge and return to Australia to disseminate their learnings has, and continues to create a ‘better skilled Australia.’ The Institute has funded and supported over 560 Fellows, and all have become agents of change and drivers of innovation within their professional communities. Our Fellows represent a broad cross-section of industries and our Fellowship program creates impact in many ways including economic benefits, skills preservation, the personal and professional advancement of our Fellows, new thinking, practice and increased innovation in the workforce.

Victorian Skills Authority (VSA)

The VSA is an independent Administrative Office which is located within the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions portfolio. It has a mandate to publish an annual skills plan that sets the strategic agenda for the post-secondary education and skills system in Victoria. The VSA also has oversight of the VET Development Centre, which was established to provide professional development opportunities and capability building for the VET teacher Workforce.

The Fellowship program is important in supporting the VSA pursue its ambition to lift participation and maximise opportunities for Victorians to access good jobs through learning for work and life; instil higher order skills, especially at the trade and technician level; promote labour market mobility to fill new opportunities and enhance productivity; develop skills for local economies and local communities; and provide the pathways for Victorians to access education and training at regular intervals across their careers.

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