South Eastern Regional College (SERC) has recently been awarded funding through the British Council Going Global Partnership Programme to support the implementation of a Quality Assurance Framework tailored to the needs of the Moroccan Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector.
SERC hosted 8 visitors from Morocco for a week-long study visit as part of the project which will see the College work collaboratively with Ministry of Economic Integration, Small Business, Employment & Skills, Office of Vocational Training & Employment Promotion (OFPPT) and Institutes of Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Training (IFMEREE) in Morocco. The College will provide practical support to help them engage in quality assurance and self-evaluation processes, reflect on their own experience, and implement a pilot programme which will enhance the effective engagement of women and marginalised groups with constructive employer engagement, career guidance and the development of soft skills.
Ken Webb, Principal and Chief Executive at SERC, stated, “We were delighted to welcome our partners from OFPPT and IFMEREE on their study visit to SERC. It is our privilege to be selected by British Council Going Global Partnerships to deliver this project. We are keen to share our best practice approach to Quality Assurance, to help our partners frame their own approach whilst learning from their experiences. We look forward to continuing this project and establishing a long-term sustainable collaboration with our Moroccan partners.”
Commenting on the partnership, Jonathan Stewart, Director British Council Northern Ireland, said, “We are delighted that a Northern Ireland College has been selected to deliver this Quality Assurance Framework project working with their Moroccan partners as part of the British Council Going Global Partnerships Programme. Our work builds connections between colleges, employers and policy makers in the UK and worldwide to develop high-quality skills systems. This collaboration enables the UK skills sector to learn from international practice as other systems learn from what we are doing here in the UK. We wish South Eastern Regional College and their Moroccan partners every success with the project which commenced with a week of excellent learning and exchange which will hopefully lead to longer term sustainable partnerships and connections.”