Canterbury staff to visit African Colleges in pioneering partnership

The College is preparing to send staff to train South African learners as part of an innovative project to deliver courses designed to meet increased skills demand in the renewable energy sector.

The one-year project will enhance employability and entrepreneurial skills of learners through training and other support services. This will be completed through a partnership between Canterbury College and two Technical Vocational and Education Training Colleges (TVET) in South Africa – Maluti, and Flavius Mareka.

The College started working alongside the TVET last year, after receiving funding from the British Council International Skills Partnerships. Staff and students from Canterbury College and East Kent College welcomed Principals and Deputies from the South African colleges last November, where they got the opportunity to observe work practices on each site.

Between June 18 and 21 lecturers from Canterbury will travel to South Africa working to upskill and improve the delivery of solar courses. The partnership hopes to be sustainable and will seek funding to support further training in renewable energy.

Owen Hearnden, GAS Lecturer, Internal Verifier & Assessor from Canterbury College, said: “Maluti learners will receive training in servicing and maintaining solar thermal hot water heating systems to meet the increased skills demand in the sector.

 “I’m very much looking forward to collaborating with my colleagues in South Africa towards developing a meaningful course relevant to meeting all regulation and educational demands.

“The sector offers opportunities within a developing market including employment and all the advantages of free energy and pollution reduction. These are positive steps towards energy self-sufficiency and in challenging global warming. It’s great to be showcasing the skills our College has to an international audience. This is a win-win situation for all concerned.”