City College Plymouth Secures African Partnership Funding

10 September 2018 | College News

City College Plymouth has been awarded £13,000 from The British Council to further develop their exciting partnership with two vocational colleges in South Africa.

The one year project which links Plymouth’s further education college with the Mopani South East TVET and Waterberg colleges aims to increase employer engagement practices, share best teaching practices and enhance the employability skills of young people so that they are more able to work and compete in today’s globalised economies.

The Colleges are located in the North East of the country, an area rich in wildlife and with an economy based on agriculture, mining and tourism.

Levy Baloyi, Principal Mopani South East TVET College, says “Our College is extending its partnerships beyond South African borders in order to share the best practices of City College Plymouth. Our partnership has already enabled us to introduce new processes to identify skills gaps in our local mining industry and we will now be able to further benefit and improve our students’ employability opportunities.”

Fiona Horrell, Head of Strategic Partnerships at City College Plymouth, said: “This is a fantastic partnership opportunity for students both in South Africa and here in Plymouth to help prepare themselves for the global job market. This partnership will improve innovation and offer new approaches to the placement of students in the workplace. We look forward to hosting the first delegation from the South African colleges when they visit us in the spring.”

The delegation, including the Principals of both colleges, will make the long journey to Plymouth in March 2019. During their visit, they will research best practice at City College Plymouth and use their observations to improve Apprenticeship recruitment and retention for their students, particularly in the mining industry. The partnership also aims to improve innovation and better approaches to the placement of students in the workplace.

City College Plymouth is holding Course Information and Enrolment Sessions every Wednesday in September from 4.30pm to 6.30pm at Kings Road. Visit www.cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300 to find out where in the world City College Plymouth could take you.

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