The International Skills Partnership Project funded by British Council brings together Maluti, Flavius Mareka and Canterbury College with similar challenges and priorities to share knowledge and devise innovative ways of addressing skills and employability challenges.
In August 2016, the British Council funded Canterbury College to visit Maluti and Flavius Mareka Technical Vocational and Education Training Colleges (TVET) in the Free State of South Africa to explore the potential to form a skills partnership around the Employability Skills theme. A project proposal was developed and subsequently funded for one year by the British Council under their International Foundation Grants Programme
Mutuality, collaboration and sustainability are at the heart of British Council International Skills Partnerships. The objectives of the partnership are:
In the course of one year, the project will aim to enhance employability and entrepreneurship skills of learners through training and other support services, including an Enterprise Challenge Competition, improved work placement and recruitment service for Maluti and Flavius Mareka TVETs. In addition, Maluti learners will receive training in servicing and maintaining solar thermal hot water heating systems to meet the increased skills demand in the sector. Teachers in the 3 colleges will work together to upskill and improve delivery of the solar courses. The partnership hopes to be sustainable and will develop plans to scale-up and seek funding to support further training in renewable energy.
The project is now underway and was kick-started by a visit to Canterbury by Maluti and Flavious Mareka Colleges from the 14th to the 18th of November 2016.
The purpose of the UK visit was to work shadow, share good practices and plan for the implementation of the project activities.
The Principals of Maluti and Flavius Mareka, Mr. Eli Mabhena and Mr. TS Letho, their two deputies and Curriculum Development Officer had the opportunity to engage with Canterbury College’s teaching, work experience, apprenticeship and business development staff. They observed the teaching of vocational courses in engineering, solar energy, construction and learnt about the Active Links Recruitment Service, Employability skills programme and the Enterprise Competition. The team visited East Kent College, Folkestone campus and had successful meetings with the principal and staff, followed by a visit to the community café in Radnor park, where they were joined by Shepway District Council Leader, David Monk. The visitors enjoyed a one night stay at the Yarrow Hotel, an East Kent College student training hotel in Broadstairs.
The team had exposure to Kent businesses during the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Networking Evening and at the StartmyBiz Unconference held by Canterbury City Council. In both occasions important lessons were projects run by the City Council.
The team reconvened in Amman, Jordan (28-30 November 2016) at the British Council ‘Bring the Learning home’ hub in Jordan where, they had another opportunity to work together and learn from advanced partnerships. The partnership successfully won a British Council Award, celebrating ‘sustainable collaboration’.
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