South African officials visit Leeds City College

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South African officials visit Leeds City College


Leeds City College welcomed special guests from South Africa at Printworks Campus on 13 July to learn about organisational development, employment and skills.

The group of senior officers and elected council members from eThekwini Municipality in Durban, enjoyed presentations from Principal Colin Booth OBE and Deputy CEO Curriculum and Quality, Bill Jones, on the topics of the UK’s education system and its historical context. This was followed by a tour of the building, where the group were astounded by the industry standard facilities, including aeroplane cabin, kitchens and motor vehicle workshops.

The visit, organised by Leeds City Council, was part of a learning exchange programme to develop mutually beneficial relations and co-operate in the interests of young people and local businesses for the advancement of education and technology.

Among the guests, was the Head of the eThekwini Municipal Academy, which is developing plans to train 100,000 people over the next three years with the skills aligned to meet the needs of the local community, the municipality and businesses. The visit formed part of the group’s trip to gain knowledge of best practice in the sector and contributes to Durban’s aims of becoming Africa’s most caring and liveable city by 2030.