South Africa visit strengthens college development of Automotive offering


Representatives from New College Lanarkshire recently returned from South Africa after a visit to British Council partners in Johannesburg.

Barry Skea, Head of Faculty of Engineering, Andy Murray, Curriculum Quality Leader in Light Vehicle and Pre-Apprenticeship and John Taylor, Curriculum Quality Leader in Light Vehicle and Vehicle Fitting joined Hazel Scott, International Manager on the visit to Central Johannesburg College.

Part of the British Council’s International Skills Partnership, the visit was held for both colleges to engage in discussions about apprenticeship delivery in automotive subjects, to design models that will satisfy specific skills required by the industry in both countries.

The group attended various meetings organised by the vocational college including meeting with external representatives from the British Council and arms-length bodies to discuss the goals of the partnership and how they can be supported.

Hazel Scott praised the visit, saying: “The visit was a great success with significant progress being made on partnership activities for this initial foundation level of the programme. The partnership has developed many mutual benefits for both organisations, which will continue as the partnership grows.

“In particular, Central Johannesburg College has expressed numerous benefits from the partnership with outcomes evident in stronger industry relationships and buy-in from stakeholders.”

New College Lanarkshire and Central Johannesburg College are committed to creating a long term, sustainable partnership and the project hopes to move to the next level both locally and nationally as it seeks advanced partnership funding from the British Council.

For further information, please contact Hazel Scott (

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