28 JULY 2015

SKILLS FOR EMPLOYABILITY PARTNERSHIP RENEWED

 

The “Skills for Employability Partnership foundation Project” funded by the British Council has been renewed for 2015/2016. The renewed partnership is referred to as the Advanced Project. The partnership is between Highbury College (UK), North Hertfordshire College (UK), Ehlanzeni TVET College (SA) and Gert Sibande TVET College. The advanced project will focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning by focussing on lesson observation strategies, use of technology and E-learning and developing an entrepreneurial culture.

For all organisations working internationally this project will broaden the skills and knowledge for all involved promoting and enabling significant cultural learning. The project will delivery applied learning of expert teaching and learning skills and it is hoped that this will impact policy within the Colleges. Across both the UK and South Africa we will involve employers in the project so that they can advise on necessary skills needed in current industry – again this will maximise impact as the skill levels of students will increase – it will also further build mutually beneficial relationships. By having teachers shadow and work alongside experienced advanced practitioners the impact on their own teaching practice will be influenced which in turn will maximise the impact on students. The new approaches to delivery involving problem solving will completely change the current way that South African students learn with far more student centred delivery and less didactic teaching. During the foundation project we completed training on what constitutes and outstanding lesson and seeing this in practice during learning visits will be expanded knowledge and understanding further.

For the UK partners, engaging with the South African SETAs will enable learning about the Levi employers pay and inform UK educators on fee structures – this is important information as the UK government is currently reforming the UK apprenticeship provision. This will be shared with policy makers and it is hoped that this will influence and shape future decisions.

Gert Sibande TVET College will like to acknowledge the role played by the UK partners and the British Council which enables this project to be successfully implemented.