BTS shares best practice in employer partnerships internationally

A leading educational delegation from South Africa visited Bicester Technology Studio (BTS) 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). Bicester Technology Studio then welcomed the group this morning before they continued their visit at UTC Reading, 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.”

Richard Brown, Principal at Bicester Technology Studio, added: “It was fantastic for BTS to be part of the visit from the Department of Basic Education in South Africa today. Our staff and students were delighted to have the opportunity to explain our unique approach to learning and highly valuable links with industry, which we hope the delegation found useful.”