Shanghai education collaborative links developed by local college

Published
03/12/2014 by

Birmingham Metropolitan College is continuing to build relations with leading educationalists from Shanghai after hosting its second visit in the space of three months for a group of officials.  A group of senior leaders from the Shanghai Minhang Vocational Education Group (Alliance) and school vice principals, whose teachers had participated in a teacher training programme at the college, met the BMet executive team to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by both parties, focusing on teacher training and student exchange, consultation on the modern UK TVET Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) System and the joint development of vocational courses.

Andrew Cleaves, Principal at Birmingham Metropolitan College, said: “We were very pleased to welcome our guests and to be able to demonstrate our commitment to developing vocation-based study programmes that will enable young people to compete professionally across the global jobs market.

“This is still a growing prospect for both parties; one we are confident will be based on a targeted approach focused on addressing skills needs for our growing economies and the sharing of best practice across both countries.”

In June 2014, ten Shanghai teachers completed a pilot training programme delivered by Birmingham Metropolitan College to give them a better understanding of teaching and learning practices within the further education sector.  They also received insights into student monitoring systems, employer engagement and a more general overview of the UK’s further education system, while visiting the college’s campuses in Birmingham and Brierley Hill.

Andrew Cleaves continued: “It’s important for us to show internationally that the UK further education sector plays a full and active part in the development of skilled, employment-ready individuals alongside our higher education institutions and training providers. The success of our summer training programme is testament to the breadth of our academic and vocational-based curriculum and the student/teacher support functions that supplement this delivery of courses.

“It’s a promising start for what we hope will be an extremely fruitful collaboration for our two economies.”