International Projects - Westminster Kingsway College

International Projects

International Projects

Westminster Kingsway College is a proud partner of the following international collaboration projects

If you would like more information about our International projects please contact us. 

 The project will address principal objectives set by the Government Department for Vocational Education and Training (GDVT) in Vietnam under its initiative to develop a national Quality Assurance framework for vocational education. 

Between 2013 and 2016 Westminster Kingsway College worked in partnership with Vinh University of Technology Education (VUTED) in Vietnam to establish a National Vocational Teacher Training  Centre delivering a UK, City & Guilds qualification in Teaching and Assessing Vocational Learning. Developing on this, Hue Institute of Technology and Vinh Phuc Agricultural Mechanics College (AMC) recently joined the consortium and during 2016/17 partners will embark on a Skills for Employability Advanced Partnership Project focusing on Quality Assurance for Vocational Teacher Training. 

During the project Vietnamese partners will build upon existing Quality Assurance (QA) strategies, piloting and developing new procedures throughout the project lifetime. In addition the project will train and award 10 Teacher Trainers with the City & Guilds, vocational teacher training qualification; delivered by VUTED and supported by WKC.  There will be an opportunity for an additional 30 teachers will join core parts of the training programme receiving an introduction to key terms and pratices, benefitting from CPD and thus widening the impact of project activity. The 10 teachers participating in the full qualification will be representatives from Vietnamese partner colleges (VUTED, Hue and AMC). The additional 20-30 teachers participating in introductory training will be selected by GDVT from vocational colleges across Vietnam. 

FCO Prosperity funded Project for China

Westminster Kingsway College has successfully delivered the 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 intended to provide a solution to the sector introducing methodology for implementing apprenticeships based on UK best practice and thus enhancing the quality of the modern apprenticeship framework in China.

During the lifetime of this project (Oct 2016- March 2017) the college has worked with Shunde Polytechnic College in Guangdong to develop the Modern Apprenticeship Framework at provincial level contributing to national reform agenda.  The project has involved key stakeholders of the industry sector from both countries, i.e. Professional Association of Catering Education UK (PACE) and China Cuisine Association (CCA).   The pilot has been disseminated in Guangzhou in March 2017 supported by Guangdong Department of Higher Education amongst wider group of stakeholders and practitioners of modern apprenticeships for Guangdong Province.   To find out more of the project and project outcomes please visit the project website here.

SKILLS for EMPLOYABILITY – KAZAKHSTAN

A British Council International Skills Partnership between Westminster Kingsway College, Multidisciplinary College, Astana and Professional Technical State College Astana

Partners will look to enhance catering curriculum through introduction to reciprocal qualifications. In the case of the UK, identified content will be supplementary to the existing curriculum and will aim to increase learners’ global skills development and international employability opportunities. In the case of Kazakhstan, where content is deemed to better meet the needs of industry the core curriculum may be adapted. The project will contribute to a trained workforce qualified to serve the growing tourism market in Kazakhstan and short term labour demand created by World Expo 2017. This change to curriculum will better equip learners for international employment opportunities in the sector. Initial curriculum mapping activity will take place during the inward mission with revised content piloted thereafter. The outcomes of which will be reviewed, and final amendments made during the outward mission.

Models and techniques for greater education and industry cooperation will be explored with partners sharing best practice and benchmarking approaches. Techniques identified for potential implementation will be considered against national context and in consultation with industry.

The inward mission to the UK will coincide with WKC’s Enterprise Festival, during which the college will host industry representatives and hold special seminars. Participation in the festival will provide a unique opportunity to experience first hand how the college interacts with industry. The Rain Gods will further support visit activity, sharing expertise in engaging with large corporations, the education sector and government agencies in support of collective aims.

During the outward mission an employer seminar will be held. The seminar will promote the need for greater cooperation between education and industry and the mutual benefits this presents. Previously identified best practice for engagement will be shared and employer feedback sought. Following this, colleges will adapt practices for employer engagement. With a clearer understanding of mutual benefits its anticipated employers will be perceptive to new models which deepen the relationship between parties.

Widespread dissemination of project outcomes is integral to maximising impact and sustainability. Given its public focus, Expo 2017 provides the perfect platform from which to disseminate. During the project partners will seek to secure a presence at Expo for dissemination.

EU – KOREA SMILES       

EU KOREA SMILES is a Joint Mobility project funded by the European Union and Korean Ministry of Education (MoE) focussing on the Engineering and Business Studies sectors. The project will provide 36 EU students from Finland, Slovakia and UK, with an 8-week study mobility in South Korea and 36 Korean students with similar mobilities in the EU between 2014-2016. Project activities will include a combination of curriculum mapping, skills development and assessments using the ECVET Framework, plus development and delivery of a module using the UK’s National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Intercultural Working Skills. In addition, introductory programmes for both Korean and English Language skills development will be customised to support students and faculty members.

The project consortium includes five established education institutions across the EU and Korea with a total student population exceeding 35,000 and strong links with national and VET Associations. Partners are Westminster Kingsway College (EU Lead partner based in the UK), Skills CFA, a UK Sector Skills Council, Vantaa Vocational College (Finland), Zilina University (Slovakia), and from Korea, Keimyung College University, Daegu, (Lead Korean partner) and Yeungjin College, Daegu.

The website for this project is under maintenance and will be available soon. For further information at this time please click here for the project leaflet.

QUAL4T

Westminster Kingsway College is one of seven European partners who make up the QUAL4T project. The project aims to provide teachers and trainers with materials to improve quality in education.

The consortium aim to:

  • Develop a quality improvement culture in line with the VET recommendations, where teachers and trainers are active players
  • Share quality instruments and best practices
  • Connect management and teachers through the management brochure
  • Provide a toolkit and a practical guide in six languages, with ready to use instruments for teachers, trainers, quality staff and mentors to improve learners’ outcomes

When asked, teachers say that it is hard for them to feel (and get) involved in quality processes that they do not influence.  The project hopes to involve them in what they DO feel they can influence: by addressing their professional skills; by turning paper into action; by focusing on teaching and learning processes; and by building toolkit instruments that can be easily used for quality improvement.  Above all, there is an aim to build a positive attitude towards quality improvement.

For further information on the QUAL4T project please visit the website.

ECVET4Practitioners

There is no doubt that in today’s highly global and competitive labour market, one of the most important contributing factors to the employability of young people would be the opportunity to receive transnational education and training while studying for their qualification. However, European reports show that the mobility rates of Vocational Education and Training (VET) learners still remain quite low. The EU sets a mobility target rate of 3.5 per cent for VET learners by 2020, a considerable increase from the current 1 per cent.

The ECVET4Practitioners project aims to facilitate and promote student transnational mobility as a recognized and integrated part of VET qualification programmes within the hospitality sector. The project aims to achieve this goal by developing a mobility network in hospitality which will utilize the European Credit transfer system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) – between VET providers in five countries: Finland, Cyprus, Netherlands, Spain and UK. An on-line training toolkit for VET practitioners (instructors, administrators, career counsellors) will be developed with step-by-step instructions and ready-to-use templates for VET institutions across Europe that wish to implement the ECVET tool.

The ECVET4Practitioners project is co-funded by the European Comission’s Lifelong Learning Programme under the Leonardo da Vinci (LdV) Transfer of Innovation sub-programme.

If you wish to learn more about the project please visit the project website.

SKILLS for EMPLOYABILITY Partnership Project – VIETNAM

The project will address principal objectives set by the Government Department for Vocational Education and Training (GDVT) in Vietnam under its initiative to develop a national Quality Assurance framework for vocational education. 

 Between 2013 and 2016 Westminster Kingsway College worked in partnership with Vinh University of Technology Education (VUTED) in Vietnam to establish a National Vocational Teacher Training  Centre delivering a UK, City & Guilds qualification in Teaching and Assessing Vocational Learning. Developing on this, Hue Institute of Technology and Vinh Phuc Agricultural Mechanics College (AMC) recently joined the consortium and during 2016/17 partners will embark on a Skills for Employability Advanced Partnership Project focusing on Quality Assurance for Vocational Teacher Training. 

 

During the project Vietnamese partners will build upon existing Quality Assurance (QA) strategies, piloting and developing new procedures throughout the project lifetime. In addition the project will train and award 10 Teacher Trainers with the City & Guilds, vocational teacher training qualification; delivered by VUTED and supported by WKC.  There will be an opportunity for an additional 30 teachers will join core parts of the training programme receiving an introduction to key terms and pratices, benefitting from CPD and thus widening the impact of project activity. The 10 teachers participating in the full qualification will be representatives from Vietnamese partner colleges (VUTED, Hue and AMC). The additional 20-30 teachers participating in introductory training will be selected by GDVT from vocational colleges across Vietnam. 

 

For more information about this project please click here for the project leaflet.

If you would like more information about any of our International projects please contact us.

 

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