New College Lanarkshire: building a culture of collaboration
As the first college in Scotland to offer international mobility opportunities to vocational students, New College Lanarkshire has built up a strong and varied internationalisation programme to support the development of learners and staff and build a mutually beneficial global network.
With 1,100 staff and 25,000 learners, New College Lanarkshire is the fifth largest further education college in Scotland, serving both urban centres and rural hinterlands. Many of these communities are extremely disadvantaged, and the percentage of unemployed school leavers is amongst the highest rates in Scotland. A large proportion of the student population also face complex barriers to participation in training and employment, including financial difficulties and a lack of formal qualifications, and many have never travelled outside of the UK.
Automotive industry skills development in South Africa
The South African government’s National Development Plan (NDP) by 2030 stipulates that ‘South Africans should have access to education and training of the highest quality, leading to significantly improved outcomes where graduates have skills and knowledge that meet the future needs of the economy and society.’ (Department of Higher Education and Training Strategic Plan 2015/16 – 2019/2020). The Skills for Employability programme supports the achievement of this objective through international skills partnerships between Further Education colleges in the United Kingdom and Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges in South Africa who collaborate on improving technical and vocational education.