We are proud to have a large number of international collaborations. Our projects are designed to promote educational links across the world, enriching and expanding the capacity of partner institutions and their communities.
Our international partnership projects share expertise and create a platform for our education experts to share best practice and promote the UK’s renowned vocational education framework. We are actively working with partners in Korea, China, Vietnam and throughout the Far East as well as forming partnerships in Europe.
Our projects focus on a number of areas specific to each partner organisation, including:
- Supporting the development and implementation of a modern apprenticeship standard in China
- Piloting framework for recognition of student mobility between the UK, Europe and Korea
- Development of a quality culture in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) across Europe
- Establishing a national vocational teacher training centre in Vietnam delivering a UK qualification
These exciting partnership projects have contributed to making our curriculum more international, providing unique opportunities for students to engage in activities that further their development and equip them with essential intercultural skills.
We are proud to work on joint projects funded by the British Council, UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), European Union and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). We are continually looking for partnership project opportunities and welcome interest from overseas partners. All our projects are designed to fulfil the aims of participating partners and meet their funding body requirements.
Some of our international partnerships include:
- British Council Creative Spark Project with Kazakhstan
We are working with The National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan ‘Atameken’ and 19 Higher Vocational Colleges from around Kazakhstan on an Enterprise project, funded by the British Council. The project has trained 9 representatives from participating Kazakh colleges as Masters of Enterprise, equipped to share best practice and cascade learning. Enterprise hubs have been established or in the process of being established in all participating colleges. Through these participating colleges are able to run enterprise activities and support the development of entrepreneurial skills amongst students. The project has also developed an online platform as a means to sustainable activity after the lifetime of project funding.
- China FCO Prosperity Project
Between October 2016 and March 2017, Westminster Kingsway College successfully delivered an FCO Prosperity-funded pilot project titled ‘Global Hospitality Skills for TVET – Supporting the implementation of world-class Apprenticeships in China to increase UK market export opportunities for the VET sector’. The aims and objectives of this project were to provide a solution to the sector, introducing a way to implement apprenticeships, based on UK best practice, enhancing the quality of the modern apprenticeship framework in China
- Brazil International Qualification Programme
In 2018, we hosted a group of 10 hospitality and tourism students from universities across Brazil. The 11-week programme, which was funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism, was intended to introduce students to the UK hospitality and tourism sector, whilst improving their English language skills, and confidence in international engagement
- British Council Korea Gangwon English Teachers Programme
In early 2019, the college hosted a group of primary and secondary school English teachers from the Gangwon Province of Korea. This 4-week programme, funded by Gangwon Provincial Government and managed by British Council Korea, was designed to build the capacity of English teachers, developing their skills leading to more effective classroom learning for their students
- Hong Kong Vocational Training Council
In July 2019, we welcomed a group of sixteen engineering and construction apprentices from the Vocational Training Council (VTC) in Hong Kong on a 2-week international exchange programme. This bespoke course developed their awareness of the construction and engineering sector in the UK through specialist lectures, practical workshop activities, industrial visits and an apprenticeship shadowing experience. As part of the programme, the group undertook a number of exceptional industry visits which included the brand-new Tottenham Hotspurs football stadium, Siemens rail depot, the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), and the construction companies of Antyapi, Wates, Berkeley Group and Kane Group
- Skills for Employability Project in Vietnam
We have been awarded funding for three British Council Skills for Employability projects in Vietnam, to run from 2013 to 2017. In 2015-16, the consortium established a national Vocational Teacher Training centre at VUTED equipped to deliver internationally recognised qualifications awarded by City & Guilds (UK Awarding body). The partnership has been commended by the Government Department for Vocational Training (GDVT) in Vietnam for is a contribution to the national up-skilling of vocational teachers in Vietnam. Since 2016, along with Hue College of Industry and Vinh Phuc College of Agricultural Mechanics, we have been supporting national vocational education reform policy delivering a project which combines VUTED’s Teacher Training resources with implementation and piloting activity for quality assurance