Professional Development and Business
Quality Assurance - Technical and Vocational Training Corporation Saudi Arabia
TVTC Saudi Arabia is a key international and strategic partner for Edinburgh College. Working in partnership with TVTC and the British Council Saudi Arabia, Edinburgh College provided a three-week Quality Assurance programme to 20 TVTC employees.
Upon completion of the programme, trainers gained the skills and knowledge required to have a critical understanding of quality frameworks and their application to evaluation and quality assurance.
Lead by the College Principal and Chief Director and the Director of Curriculum and Quality the training included;
- Evaluating Learning and teaching
- Devising and Evaluation for Saudi Colleges
- Leading Quality Enhancement
- Employer Engagement
- Change Management
Engineering Drawing using Pro Engineering Software - Technical and Vocational Training Corporation Saudi Arabia
In 2015 Edinburgh College was delighted to further its partnership with the Technical & Vocational Training Corporation Saudi Arabia by providing a bespoke training programme for TVTC delegates in Engineering Drawing using Pro Engineering Software. We welcomed two groups of 15 professionals to the College.
Upon completion of the two-week programme, trainers had gained teaching knowledge and practice in the field of Engineering Drawing. The programme included tutorials, practical work and industry visits.
Lead by the Edinburgh College Engineering department the training included;
- Introduction to software, simulation and prototyping
- Develop and understand testing processes through simulation
- Develop and create 3D models for the purpose of prototype production
- Creation of final product
Tourism, Hospitality and English Language - Brazilian Ministry of Tourism
Edinburgh College was delighted to be selected by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism to be one of the very first UK institutions to offer a bespoke Tourism, Hospitality and English language course for Ministry-funded Brazilian trainees as part of a UK-Brazil partnership training initiative.
In partnership with the UK’s Association of Colleges (AoC), the College has welcomed a group of Brazilian trainees to Edinburgh to study a 3-month course. On completion of the course, trainees were able to understand the Tourism and Hospitality sector in the UK and how this compares to the sector in Brazil. Trainees also gained hands-on practical experience of hospitality management by gaining practical experience working in the College’s commercial training restaurant.
- Hospitality Management
- Marketing in Travel and Tourism
- Tour Guiding
- Customer Care
- E-business in Tourism
- Professional and Personal Development
Travel and Tourism
Egyptian Tourism Federation (ETF), Cairo, Egypt
Edinburgh College was delighted to be awarded a second Skills for Employability project in partnership with the Egyptian Tourism Federation in Cairo. This project further allows the College to develop our experience in the MENA region. The project developed industry-led customer care and environmental sustainability hotel training packages for employees in the hotel and restaurant sectors in Egypt. The project enhanced the customer experience in Egypt to ensure that visitors return to the country, therefore, contributing to the economy and to raise awareness, among staff, of ways in which they could contribute to environmental sustainability, in the country.
Edinburgh College worked extensively with the Egyptian Tourism Federation and employers to ensure that the training packages and all learning and teaching materials designed by Sighthill Campus staff were quality assured, relevant to the Egyptian context, industry-led and culturally appropriate.
Edinburgh College is continuing its partnership with Peopl1st and the Egyptian Tourism Federation as their Consortium Partner for British Council Sector Skills Partnership-funded project. This project is developing an international customer-facing services training model for partnership use across the visitor economy in Egypt, with the main focus on restaurants and cafes in malls, and then progressing to hotels.
UKIERI Textiles Programme
In 2014 Edinburgh College was contracted under the UKIERI programme to develop curriculum materials, training and business opportunities to the Government Women’s Polytechnic College, Bhopal.
The project STITCH (Scottish Textiles, Indian Textiles Collaborative Hub) is focused on key traditional skills at risk in the push towards globalisation and market-driven economies. It has provided a chance to protect, enhance, educate and develop new markets through collaborative work. The project is now in its final stages with Edinburgh Colleges’ last staff and student visit to Bhopal completed in November 2015 and we are expecting 4 staff members and 3 students from Bhopal in Spring 2016.
Lead by Edinburgh Colleges textile Department with the Fashion Technology department at GWPC Bhopal the training includes;
- Zardouzi/Zari Embroidery
- Hand Block Printing
- Folk painting styles including Warli, Gond and Bheel
- Creative textile and fashion design processes
- New and traditional materials and techniques such as Digital Printing, Harris Tweed and Cashmere
VET Development and Consultancy
NIVE (National Institute for Vocational Education) – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
NIVE - a two-year entrepreneurial project funded by the British Council Skills for Employability (SFE) programme - was launched in November 2010. The aims and objectives of the project addressed several aspects of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015, including the enhancement of vocational education awareness in Dubai and the ‘Emiratisation’ programme.
Edinburgh College and NIVE worked closely together and in partnership with awarding bodies, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and Edexcel, to integrate entrepreneurial skills into the curricula of both institutions through the redesign and delivery of Higher National (HN) and BTEC marketing and business units, in order to encourage would-be entrepreneurs.
This project has twice been nominated for the Skills Partnership Award at British Council dissemination events in Egypt and Kuwait. The award was for the most outstanding skills development partnership of the year between the UK and an Arab country.
Skills@Work – Azerbaijan
The College was awarded funding to work in partnership with Mingachevir Tourism College in Azerbaijan to create a Customer Care training course and materials to support the travel and tourism industry in Azerbaijan. Developed over 2 years, the project supported the creation of high-quality Customer Care training, employer engagement and the sharing of best practices within the tourism industries in the UK and Azerbaijan. The project received support from a number of institutes and hotels across Azerbaijan.
Comenius – Good Food Good Mood
The GFGM project has brought schools and colleges together from a number of EU countries including Scotland, England, Italy, Romania, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands to develop young people's awareness of healthy eating, sustainable consumerism with food and drink, and the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.
This project set out to examine what factors contributed to young people's relationship with food including cultural differences, regional identities, sustainability and ecological awareness, communication and the use of modern technology. The project also examined how the food and drink industry was contributing to sustainable economic growth across the EU and the knowledge young people had of other countries and their relationship with food.
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