CONEL hosts teachers from Guangdong Construction Vocational Technology Institute

CONEL and its sister colleges in Capital City College Group recently welcomed a group of twelve teachers from Guangdong Construction Polytechnic on a 3 week teacher training programme. The programme included an introductory week of presentations and sessions introducing teachers to vocational education in the UK, a week of pedagogy workshops and a week of shadowing and observation with engineering and construction teams at CONEL’s Enfield Centre.

During the introductory week teachers met managers from the Capital City College Training team to learn about employer engagement and apprenticeships. They also undertook training sessions with Westminster Kingsway College including an Enterprise workshop and a session on digital technologies in the classroom.

During their week with CONEL’s Engineering and Construction teams the teachers visited Hitachi Rail (formally Virgin/LNER) depot at Bounds Green where they had an opportunity to meet with Apprentices and their managers as well as receiving a tour of the site. The group also participated in CONEL’s engineering apprenticeship event where they had an opportunity to meet with employers recruiting apprentices as well as prospective apprentices.

The training programme follows an MOU signing between Capital City College Group and Guangdong Construction Polytechnic at Westminster Kingsway College last summer. The institutions intend to continue collaboration and plan to hold an Apprenticeships conference in China in May 2019. Feedback from the training programme was extremely positive with the teachers reporting the visit had been most beneficial and returning to China with plans to implement areas of best practice observed at Guangdong Construction Polytechnic.

On speaking of the programme teachers said: “We speak highly of CCCG’s work and extend our deep gratitude to them for their best efforts. They attached great importance to the training, and the course was well-planned and helpful, including both theoretical and practical teaching, as well as enterprise visits and on-site observation.”