Case Study

Vocational Teacher Training for Hunan China

Northern Ireland Colleges

Northern Ireland College delivered an upskilling programme to 10 TVET practitioners from Hunan Industrial Polytechnics in China following successful trade missions to Beijing and Shanghai.

This was a commercially funded intervention that provided a unique opportunity for TVET practitioners to visit Northern Ireland Colleges and participate in a bespoke teacher upskilling and cultural experience programme.

The 10-day teacher training programme delivered collaboratively by the NI Further Education Colleges, involved the delivery of expert-led upskilling in areas including Apprenticeships, Project Based learning and Quality Assurance.

Hunan, China, 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 Chinese vocational education system is experiencing several extensive reforms. The professional development of TVET teachers is a focal point of such reforms, being considered as a means of guaranteeing the competitiveness of the country.

In this context, NI Colleges were tasked with designing and implementing a 10-day TVET focused upskilling programme for Chinese teachers and trainers with a curriculum background in Mechanical, Automotive and Electrical Engineering.

The study-visit to Northern Ireland was to focus on exchanging UK best practices in the areas of Apprenticeship Training and Cooperation, TVET quality & evaluation systems and effective TVET teaching methods.

NI Colleges were required to design the full 10-day training programme, and organise translation services, accommodation, hospitality, and cultural experiences for the duration of their visit.

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