Following a successful visit to KSD College in Mthatha, South Africa in August 2016, we have now set up an International Skills Partnership with them.

We are pleased to announce that our partnership with KSD TVET College continues into 2018/19 following a Leadership Exchange visit to South Africa in June and our success in securing an Advanced Skills Partnership (ASP). We are delighted to welcome King Hintsa TVET College into our partnership and look forward to working with them.

This partnership builds on our Foundation project with opportunities for curriculum design in more areas including: Business and Accounting, Agriculture/Horticulture and Hospitality and Tourism.

We held a training event at the Isle of Wight College in October for 2 Campus Managers from KSD TEVET College and a Campus Manager and Senior Lecturer in Hospitality from King Hintsa TVET College including instruction on observation of teaching and learning, lesson observations in Travel and Tourism and Hospitality, visits to local agricultural and horticultural businesses which have converted part of their business to tourism (Tapnell Farm, the Alpaca Farm and the Garlic Farm) an introduction to Office 365 and elearning and work based learning and apprenticeships.

The model which is set up to deliver this training can then be adapted and used in other curriculum areas thus ensuring the sustainability of the partnership.

Students and lecturers from Travel and Tourism have had the opportunity to Skype each other and learn about each other’s culture. They have asked each other questions about tourism in their respective countries helping to prepare them for the global labour market. They also learnt how there are barriers to international communication which need to be overcome.
We will develop an ongoing sustainable partnership based on sharing expertise, introducing our students to new cultures and experiences and homogenising our training.

Leaders from the three partner colleges attended the Bringing the Learning Home Seminar in Cape Town.
Senior leaders were delighted to welcome visitors from our partner colleges in South Africa as part of a British Council funded Advanced Skills Partnership.

Our project brings together two partners with similar curricula who are keen to promote enterprise and intercultural understanding within their institutions. Both partners aim is to improve their students’ chances of employability through employer engagement and skills development.

To this end we seek to encourage our students to work together on product development, to promote self-employment and to better understand the needs of the hospitality and tourism businesses in each country. Through working closely with local organisations including schools, chambers of commerce and other relevant stakeholders, we can achieve this aim.

The first year of our partnership is funded by an International Skills Partnership grant from the British Council.

In November 2016 Business students skyped with each other in order to share their businesses and marketing plans.  KSD Business Studies students want to sell jewellery to the Isle of Wight College as well as their local community while Hospitality students wanted to make African dishes together with recipe books for them. Our students were marketing the Isle of Wight College to the South African students.

There has been a change in attitude of students after the Skype meetings where students now have a more enterprising and positive attitude. They now have a better appreciation of job creation and have remained in touch through social media.

Business students skyped with each other in order to share their businesses and marketing plans.
Our Travel and tourism students Skyped with KSD TVET college students in South Africa.

Two staff from the Isle of Wight College and one from KSD College attended the British Council conference ‘Bringing the Learning Home’ in Jordan. This provided an opportunity to further cement the partnership and we were nominated for an award for Innovation. Staff were also able to learn more about skills and employability

Janet Stevens, Head of Strategic Marketing and Beverley Burgess, Learning Resources Manager, attended the British Council conference ‘Bringing the Learning Home’ in Jordan.

Three staff from KSD college visited the Isle of Wight College in March 2017 to observe teaching practice and learn more about the UK vocational education system and employer engagement.

They were:

  • MRS XOLISWA BOVUNGANA, Head of Department: Business Studies, Zimbane Campus,
  • MR SONWABISO NGWADLA, Business skills Manager, Administration Centre, King Sabata Dalindyebo College,
  • MISS ABONGILE ANDA ZATU, Senior Lecturer: Hospitality Studies, Mapuzi Campus, King Sabata Dalindyebo College.

Their visit started with a tour of the college by Paul Buckland followed by a visit to Platform One. A visit to the UK Sailing Academy enabled them to get on the water and experience the courses delivered there first hand. They attended classes in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism and Business, where they were able to meet the class who skyped with their students.
A visit to the college’s new CECAMM centre gave them the opportunity to experience state of the art facilities and consider other partnership links. Further visits to employers such as Fox’s restaurant in St Helens enabled them to see the British apprenticeship programme in action.  In between visits they managed to take in some sights such as the Needles and Osborne House tearooms as well as sampling traditional British cuisine: fish and chips at corries Cabin and a full English breakfast in the College restaurant.

Traditional fish and chips at Corries Cabin, Cowes.

The visit has inspired the two partners to look at a longer term collaboration focusing on improving students’ practical skills in South Africa and widening the horizons of the Isle of Wight students by working in close partnership with students from different cultures.

Both partners will hold roadshows to disseminate the project to local schools.

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