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1 Case Study: Partnership Opportunities in China Emma Whitehead, Skills Adviser, China, British Council

2 Current opportunities: Foundation Partnership Guangdong Dongguan Technician College We hope that, by learning from UK experiences in vocational education, Dongguan Technician College will deepen reform on its education and teaching, innovate its talent cultivation model, improve its teaching quality (particularly in connection with skill building), introduce UK qualifications/ joint programme delivery and ultimately, in order to improve the employability of its graduates. The college has 36 specialities for 18 – 21 year olds 2 Travel grants available of £3K Deadline for Travel Grant applications: 19 th July 2013 For a scoping visit 23 rd – 27 th September Deadline for Partnership Proposal: 31 st October 2013 Start of Partnership: December 2013 £15,000 is available to contribute to delivery of the successful project proposal. For more information and to apply, see Partnership Calls on the websitePartnership Calls on the website

3 Current opportunities: Start-up Exploratory travel grants: –£3K available to visit Chinese Colleges –Criteria: EITHER a visit from the Chinese College has already occurred, OR there is already a specific focus –These grants are not available to colleges who have already visited a Chinese college as part of the Principals Shadowing Programme Deadlines for applications: Monthly Start-up opportunities: –10K of match funding for each partnership –Proposals should be developed in partnership based on the priorities below Application Rounds: 1: 1 July - 30 September 2: 1 October - 30 December For more information, see Start-up Scheme on the websiteStart-up Scheme on the website

4 China: Introduction In China there are: 55 million workers with specialised skills (2011) 13,093 secondary vocational colleges (ages 16-19) with 22 million students – c. half of all students at this level 1,288 tertiary vocational colleges (ages 18-21) with 9.6 million students 12,900 job training schemes, with 49 million students

5 In Chinas 12 th Five-Year Plan (2011 – 2015), Education is placed at the heart of development and reform policy. In the National Peoples Congress work report on Education in March 2010, strengthening vocational education was identified as a key area of focus. (along with improving the perception and pay of teachers) This is to address a predicted skills gap: -Demand for highly-skilled workers with vocational qualifications is expected to exceed supply by c. 16 million workers in This is due to both a geographical and a structural mismatch China: Introduction

6 China Priorities Strengthen TVET –Quality of teaching and learning –Student centred learning –National Centres of Excellence: leadership, professional development, quality assurance etc. Expansion of TVET – Rural areas – Attract more students – Prestige Employer Engagement – Competency based standards – Led by industry associations – Engaging private enterprises – Joint solutions to meet employers needs for high-skills workers


8 Existing / previous partnerships 8 partnerships under the MoHRSS 4 partnerships under the MoE The following themes have emerged: –Curriculum development –Employer-centred partnership –World Skills Competition collaboration –Joint product development –Apprenticeships –Quality Assurance –Teacher training and student exchanges Most commonly requested sectors: Automotive Mechanical Engineering Creative Industry (fashion design, animation ) Information Technology E-commerce Hospitality

9 Benefits of previous partnerships Working with the British Council in China on the Skills for Employability programme has given Walsall College a unique opportunity to work with one of the largest employers in the sector, as well as a forward thinking vocational educational institute that is a centre of excellence. Jatinder Sharma, Principal, Walsall College Yancheng College seems particularly excited about the emphasis on creative learning in the UK and the focus on the individual learner rather than on the group. Another difference is that in the UK we teach our young people the broader set of skills for employability and self-directed learning – not just technical skills. My students could…learn from Yanchengs disciplined approach to learning, the behaviours of its students and their thirst for knowledge Marion Plant, OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

10 Outcomes of previous partnerships Chengdu Technician College have started the process of establishing an apprenticeship programme after sending teachers to train to become apprenticeship trainers and assessors at Clydebank College, focussing on Electrical Engineering Guangzhou Communication & Transport Vocational School introduced new automotive courses and qualifications after teachers undertook training with IMI Awards through their partnership with Central College Nottingham. Guangzhou GZITTC have been working closely together with Highbury College to develop new curriculum and raise the profile of skills, using World Skills competitions as a focus.

11 British Council support China Support: Facilitating communication and accompanying visits Providing expertise and advice on the local context Facilitating networking and mentoring Recognising and sharing achievement UK Support: Facilitating networking and mentoring Monitoring and Evaluation

12 Next Steps Register interest in partnerships with China: -Foundation partnership opportunity -Exploratory travel grant -Start-up opportunities Inform us of existing relationships with Chinese colleges, or existing areas of focus For more information about our college partnerships, please contact Miranda Swanson in the first instance: Miranda will direct you to Ron Pan to provide advice on the China context

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14 Vietnam: introduction Key priorities: TVET Strategy Development of TVET is the cause and the responsibility of whole society The Government is committed to: Carry out fundamental and drastic reform of state management of vocational training, in order to create momentum for promoting vocational training toward standardization, modernization, socialization, democratization and international integration. And to: Strengthen international cooperation in vocational training

15 Current opportunities: Foundation Partnership Hanoi Vocational College for High Technology 18 – 23 year olds 5 faculties: Electricity, Mechanics, Electronics, IT and Economics A partnership focussed on: Strengthening international cooperation Training for teaching staff to achieve UK national standards Transfer of curricula from the UK UK colleges recognise the qualifications provided by Hanoi College for High Technology Call to be announced soon. Please see the Partnership Calls on the website for more details.Partnership Calls on the website

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