Crossing continents to meet skills challenge

A group of teachers from the Chinese FE sector learned about English vocational training during a visit to Birmingham Metropolitan College.

The 10 teachers from Shanghai, accompanied by an interpreter, were given a tour of the college’s fashion, motor vehicle maintenance, mechanical engineering, and art and design departments.

They also learned about how colleges work with employers to tailor vocational courses for the workplace.

Andrew Cleaves, Birmingham Metropolitan College principal, said: “It was really exciting to welcome them at a time when both economies are experiencing growth, with associated skills challenges.”

Irene Yu, director of Alliance Group which arranged the visit, said: “Our teachers learned a great deal, in particular, about vocational courses and it’s our intention to take this knowledge back to China.”

Cap: Birmingham Metropolitan College principal Andrew Cleaves (front row, centre) with staff from his college and Chinese teachers