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Sharing best practice in international employer partnerships

A leading educational delegation from South Africa visited City of Oxford College yesterday to learn about how industry partnerships are helping boost employability for thousands of Activate Learning students. 
 
The delegation included five senior members of staff at the Department of Basic Education in South Africa: Dr Maboya, Dr Joshua, Mr Ndlebe, Dr Simelane and Ms Nabunda. Their two-day visit focused on seeing how industry partnerships are helping develop excellence in vocational education in practice.
 
The visit continued yesterday with a tour of the facilities of one of Activate Learning’s leading industry partners, BMW, at their plant in Cowley (Oxford), and visits today to two of the group’s schools, Bicester Technology Studio and UTC Reading. 
 
Delegation members also had the opportunity to sample some delicious dishes prepared by our hospitality staff and students at The Waterside restaurant, where we train the next generation of chefs. 
 
Lee Nicholls, Activate Learning’s Group Executive Director, said: “We are delighted to welcome the delegation from the Department of Basic Education in South Africa to Activate Learning today. We are very proud to be chosen by the British Council to demonstrate the good practice in technical and vocational learning in this country.
 
“We are committed to equipping our students with the skills and attributes they need for career success. We are extremely grateful to our employer partners for their input and expertise, which help ensure that our curriculum meets industry needs. 
 
“Today’s visit from the Department of Basic Education provides us with an exciting opportunity to share best practice, so students in South African educational institutions can also reap the benefits of our experience.’