Case Study

China Collaboration to Increase Employer Engagement

Summary
This FCO Prosperity pilot project saw the UK work collaboratively with Ningbo in building the requirement for ‘dual professionalism’ and strengthened employer engagement in the delivery of vocational education in two key priority skills areas for the city; Advanced Manufacturing and Port Logistics.

Associates
City College Plymouth, Grwp Llandrillo Menai, York College, Nottingham College, South Tyneside College, Port Training Services, SEMTA, Maritime Skills Alliance
Sector
Advanced Manufacturing and Marine Logistics
Region
Asia Pacific
Skills Solution
Policy / Strategy Development, Apprenticeships, Employer Engagement Programmes

Ningbo Educational Bureau identified two vocational areas in need of support through collaboration with UK providers.  Advanced Manufacturing and Port Logistics linked closely to the priorities of ‘Made in China 2025’ and to increased trade co-operation outlined in ‘One Belt One Road’.

China’s vocational education and training (VET) sector has difficulties in identifying adequately experienced vocational trainers and industry links remain a challenge. Advanced Manufacturing and Port Logistics are growing industries in Ningbo and more integrated, industry-led curriculum delivery is needed to meet the needs of local employers.

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