Welcoming Visitors From Hong Kong

March 10, 2017 2:45 pm

Yesterday we showcased our approach to providing vocational education to four visitors from Hong Kong.

The quartet who work for the Vocational Training Council in Hong Kong made the 6,000 mile trip to the UK as part of a fact-finding mission developed with the British Council.

While with us, Dr Clement Chen, Chairman of the VTC, Dr Carrie Yau, Executive Director of the VTCX, Mr Yat Kwong Chau, Training Consultant at the VTC and Senior Project Office, Ms Carlotta Wong, toured the campus, saw lessons being taught and spoke to the college’s senior management team about how the UTC approaches STEM subjects and career guidance.

“It was a fascinating visit and very enjoyable,” said Dr Chen. “My colleagues and I were keen to learn more about University Technical Colleges and how they approach providing high quality education and preparing young people for employment. We were very impressed with what we saw.”

Paul Batterbury, Interim Principal at Lincoln UTC, added: “We strive to provide the highest levels of education that we can and are very proud that the British Council thought of us when arranging the itinerary for the VTC’s visit to England. We had an excellent discussion about how STEM subjects are taught both in the UK and Hong Kong and think that both parties learnt a great deal from each other.”

Established in 1982, the VTC is the largest vocational and professional education and training provider in Hong Kong. Each year it helps around 250,000 students by offering pre-employment and in-service programmes with internationally recognised qualifications.

VTC has a number of Member Institutions, which help deliver a wide variety of programmes and accredited qualifications to provide new opportunities to learners of all ages and abilities. 

The British Council arranged for the delegation to visit both the UTC and the University of Lincoln as part of a two-week tour of the UK.

The visit to Lincoln UTC was prompted following a conversation between Ross Little, Head of Business at the UTC, and the British Council at its conference in India last year, where Mr Little was invited to speak.

Lincoln UTC is a specialist college educating 14 to 18 year olds in core subjects including Mathematics and English alongside specialist studies in Engineering and Science. Up to 160 students are admitted into Year 10 and Year 12 each academic year. This summer the UTC celebrated their examination results, exceeding national standards across the specialist subjects in Post 16 and proving to be an outstanding college for the delivery of Mathematics. 100% of leavers entered education, employment or training with 93% of students securing their first choice university. A wealth of Apprenticeship opportunities were secured by UTC students in Years 11, 12 and 13 including Siemens, Alan Woods, Fairfield, the Royal Navy and Air Tanker.

There are no entry requirements for entry into Year 10 but students must have a strong interest in Engineering and/or Science and a desire to combine practical, technical and academic modes of study. Entry requirements for Year 12 courses can be found at www.lincolnutc.co.uk 

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