Our International Skills Partnerships achieve great things – from transforming the lives of individuals to informing national skills policies that can impact on the learning experiences of hundreds of thousands of young people around the world.
We recognise and celebrate the achievements of our most outstanding partnership projects at our annual Bringing the Learning Home seminar with the presentation of two prestigious awards.
International Skills Partnership Awards, 2015 winners
International Partnership of the Year
The winners were Proskills UK and Viglacera Corporation, Vietnam.
Proskills and Viglacera have been working together since May 2014 on a long term programme that has seen a radical upgrade of national occupational skills standards and a supporting curriculum that is currently being piloted across five of their business divisions. Additionally, staff within the company have been retrained to be able to provide more robust skills training and competence assessment to operatives.
Proskills UK has been working strategically with British Council Vietnam, along with the Vietnamese Government and its ministries to develop its National Qualifications Framework, allowing this work to be certificated at a national level.
Best New International Skills Partnership
The winners were Dudley College and Elangeni TVET College, South Africa.
Dudley College in the West Midlands, South Tyneside College in North East England and Elangeni College in South Africa have been working together to share best practice in teacher training and quality assurance since March 2015. To date the partners have worked together to develop two programmes in Welding Artisanship and Maritime Engineering that will be open for enrolment in 2016. The qualifications have been designed to meet local and national demand in response to a skills shortage in these areas.
As all colleges further develop and establish the qualifications in this area, Dudley and South Tyneside are developing strategies with their South African colleagues for engaging with under-represented and unemployed people. Together the project is developing innovative ways that their training courses aimed at unemployed people could be adapted for use in both countries.