We are delighted to have been chosen by the British Council to represent the UK by hosting 40 overseas delegates as part of a three-day vocational education seminar.
During the seminar on ‘Improving employer and learner engagement in vocational education’, hosted by the British Council from the 15th to 17th November, delegates met with top UK training providers, universities and employers.
The aim was for delegates to gain a better understanding of the UK’s approach to vocational education, as well as insights into the ideological and practical choices available to policy makers.
Babington demonstrated the applicability of its approach to different contexts, and its ability to maintain high standards while staying responsive to changing market demands.
The delegation consisted of policy makers in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), attached to Ministries of Higher Education and other government funded skills organisations from across the world, including Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Jamaica, South Africa and Pakistan.
Carole Carson, Babington’s Chief Executive, said “It’s been such a privilege to have been part of the visit and share with the delegates how we, as an independent training provider, work with both employers and apprentices. We are so proud to be able to share our knowledge, experience and best practice to inform apprenticeship programmes across the world to benefit and learn lessons from the UK.”
She continued, “I’m sure we will continue to build on the relationships made during the visit – it’s a very exciting programme and one which we are delighted to have been involved in”.
Commenting on the visit, Andy Hall, Skills Advisor on Policy at the British Council, said “Our delegation of 40 senior policy makers from 10 countries were delighted with their visit to Babington, and universally impressed by what they offer. This visit and others like it is incredibly valuable to share best practice and common challenges and discuss innovative approaches.”
Mahesh Chandra Bitra, a delegate from Maruti Sukuki of India Ltd, said “It has been a wonderful experience to be part of this study visit and explore the differences and indeed similarities across various vocational programmes in our country (India) and the UK. It has been a valuable learning experience and is so very important and appreciated that companies like Babington share best practice with other countries and companies to ensure apprenticeship programmes, wherever they may be in the world, are the very best that they can be.”