Victoria is forging new partnerships with Latin America to open up new export markets in the technical and vocational education sector.

A delegation of 14 senior education experts from Latin America has arrived in Victoria this week to learn more about the state’s vocational education system.

The delegates from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico are here as part of the Victoria Invitation Program, a major inbound trade mission from March 7 to 20.

The visit builds on the state’s largest ever education mission to Latin America last year.

The delegates, who will visit will some of Victoria’s best TAFEs, will deliberate over mutual challenges and explore new opportunities for collaboration in the sector.

International education is Victoria’s largest services export, generating $5.6 billion for the state in 2015 and supports more than 30,000 jobs.

New figures also show more than 175,000 international students called Victoria home in 2015, a 12 per cent jump from the previous year.

While the majority of students are from Asia, Victoria is reaching out to new markets to grow and diversify the sector – with Latin America identified as a target market.