CEBVEC and CBVEA Project, China
Working with China UK Enterprise LTD (CUK), NPTC Group of Colleges conducted two years of market research. This research enabled us to pinpoint and deliver on the requirements for China’s national policies surrounding the development of their TVET market development strategy and economic development via the Made in China 2025 policy.
UK Further Education has struggled to create a sustainable model with China’s vocational education and training sector due to demographic differences and also due to the demands of Chinese policy that require UK FE colleges to be registered as recognised training providers in China.
Having overcome these obstacles and finding solutions to the delivery of Welsh/UK standards of vocational education, NPTC Group of Colleges has enjoyed engagement that will be both sustainable and lucrative for all UK FE colleges involved in this delivery.
NPTC Group of Colleges has created partnerships with the colleges in China. NPTC Group of Colleges trains the teachers at the Chinese colleges to deliver an agreed curriculum that is relevant to the Chinese government’s economic development strategies, specifically, Made in China 2025.
Once the teachers are trained, they register the students with NPTC Group of Colleges who will oversee and quality assure (QA) the delivery of the vocational training. Assessments, QA, curriculum development and employer engagement are all key areas of developmental interest for our Chinese college partners.
NPTC Group of Colleges’ strategy of training vocational learners to Welsh standards in terms of curriculum supports China’s economic development strategy of encouraging foreign companies to set up manufacturing divisions in China. The training ensures that learners are trained in a way that is relevant to the Chinese economy and to local needs.
The CEBVEC program was launched in November 2017 and discussions have now taken place with over 100 Chinese colleges. Two formal contracts have been delivered to date with an estimated turnover of £6m and offers the learners a better chance of employment with international companies in China.
The programme has satisfied officials at the Ministry of Education (MOE) in China as well as officials at a municipal and national (Beijing) government level. The MOE in China has been impressed with the development of this programme and the programme has led to the development of the China Britain Vocational Education Development Alliance. Steve Rhodes and Darren Horne from NPTC Group of Colleges have been made honourable Co-Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively, honourable positions in China that very few non-Chinese people can be appointed to in an official capacity.