Case Study

Iraq – Vocational Leadership Development

Northern Ireland Colleges
IRAQ: In November 2018, NI Colleges delivered a leadership and management training programme to senior leaders from the Iraqi Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector, supporting a wider government-led project “Reforming technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Iraq” – funded by the European Union (EU) and managed by UNESCO.

TVET leaders from the  Ministry of Education (MoE),  the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR) and Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) ) attended a best practice study visit to NI,  providing an opportunity for delegates to spend time and interact with the leadership teams within NI Colleges.

Iraq, Middle East, Global
Training Provision

Northern Ireland (NI) Colleges is an alliance of six regional Further and Higher Education Colleges, located in Northern Ireland (UK), specialising in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Collectively, NI Colleges operate across 40 campuses, resourced by 3,500 professional and technical staff who service some 154,000 annual enrolments. Working alongside a network of 10,000 employers, NI Colleges provides a highly innovative curriculum that ensures learners develop professional and technical skills, increasingly at higher levels, to meet employer needs.

NI Colleges has a successful track record of delivering TVET training and capacity building projects across the globe with 250 international partnerships and over 60 “live” annual projects. It sends 600 students and 220 staff on mobility each year and welcome over 420 visitors to learn, share best practices and explore the cultural aspects of life in Northern Ireland, UK.

The 6 colleges that make up Northern Ireland Colleges are:

The purpose of the project was to improve the capacities and competences of TVET leaders and teachers  from Government of Iraq  (GOI) and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

At a national level, this was being achieved through the development and delivery of a comprehensive 12 month training and development programme building the capabilities of 100 leaders, 120 master trainers and 1080 teachers, trainers and instructors from across the TVET sector. The programme included a good practice UK study visit programme.

NI Colleges welcomed three groups of Iraqi leaders and were required to design and deliver a leadership work shadowing programme for participating principals, deans, trainers and instructors representing the Ministry of Education (MoE) the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR) and Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA).

NI Colleges were also required to develop a CPD self-assessment framework, toolkit  and guidance manual for leaders and trainers, to support the production of quality data and analysis, effective planning, implementation and monitoring of training and development.

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