City College Plymouth has been awarded £15,000 from The British Council to set up a partnership with two vocational colleges in South Africa. The one-year project aims to share best practice and enhance the employability skills of young people, so that they are more able to work and compete in today’s globalised economies.
Four members of staff from Mopani SE and Sekhukhune TVET, including both Principals, will make the long journey to Plymouth in March to research best practice. They will be meeting City College students, staff and local employers, to find out how the College and employers work together on developing employability activities and opportunities for students.
The South African visitors will use their findings to design and deliver a bespoke pilot employability programme for 25 of their students back home. The partnership will aim to improve innovation and better approaches to the placement of students in the workplace.
Fiona Horrell, City College Head of Partnerships, said: “This is a fantastic partnership opportunity and we are looking forward to hosting the South African group in March.
“We live in an increasingly global society and international development is embedded in the College’s strategy. Through our partnerships, we are able to offer students and staff the opportunity to take part in international experiences, which enrich our training and boost the international dimension of our learning provision.
“As well as the South African visit, we also have a Chinese delegation coming to the College for a three-week bespoke dementia care programme. Ten travel and tourism students have just set off for a month’s work experience in Lapland, while eight engineering and business students are spending two weeks in Germany at leading energy supplier, MVV.”
For information about courses and Apprenticeships, the College is holding a Course Information Drop-in on Wednesday 8 March, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, at Kings Road. For further details please visit cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300.