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UTC Reading shares best practice in employer partnerships internationally

A leading educational delegation from South Africa visited UTC Reading today 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 began yesterday at City of Oxford College, and continued today with a tour of the facilities of one of Activate Learning’s leading industry partners, BMW, at their plant in Cowley (Oxford). UTC Reading then welcomed the group this afternoon following their visit to Bicester Technology Studio, another of Activate Learning’s schools.

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. 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.

“The 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.”

Jonathan Nicholls, Principal at UTC Reading, added: “UTC Reading was thrilled to be a part of the visit from the Department of Basic Education in South Africa today. The World Class Schools and Fujitsu Innovation Challenge student teams toured the building with our guests and gave a student’s eye view of what life is like at UTC Reading. We had a lot to showcase in terms of the fantastic opportunities our students are given through our direct links with industry, and we hope this gave the delegation some inspiration.”

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