The Yorkshire & Humber TVET
The Yorkshire & Humber Technical
Vocational Education and Training (YHTVET) Consortium was
established in 2006 with the specific objective of establishing
long-term strategic partnerships between our region and
China. This internationally focused Consortium is in direct
response to the prioritisation of TVET globally amongst Government
and their Educational Departments.
A total of 9 colleges and their
associated partners have come together to form the YHTVET
- Bradford College
- Calderdale College
- Kirklees College
- Leeds City College
- Wakefield College
- Doncaster College
- Sheffield College
In April 2007 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between
the Yorkshire & Humber TVET Consortium and Zhejiang Province
Educational Department. This partnership aims to link
schools, colleges, education officials and businesses in the
Zhejiang Province with Further Education (FE) Colleges and their
partner organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber region to
facilitate TVET development and transnational education links.
With the support of the Association of
Colleges, British Council, Yorkshire Forward and UK Trade &
Invest the YHTVET Consortium is now in a strong position to develop
partnerships globally and to offer our training packages and
expertise in your region.
Specific Aims & Objectives of the
- To provide an overview of UK
TVET policy, the role of Further Education, delivery models,
progression routes and partnerships between education and
- To promote global learning
opportunities for trainers, students, employers and employees
across the Yorkshire and Humber region.
- To develop joint delivery
methods and programmes to create sustainable partnerships between
YHTVET members and educational institutions globally.
- To offer high quality learning
within the Yorkshire and Humber region to international
YHTVET Consortium Key
- Members of the YHTVET Consortium have a wide
range of experience in international work and the establishment of
partnerships globally. Curriculum strengths include:
- Enterprise Management
- Applied Science
- Beauty & Complimentary
- Construction Technologies
- Commercial Gas &
- Gas Innovation
- Teacher Training
- Digital Media Production
- Food Manufacturing
- Automotive Industries
- Port & Logistics
- Computer Aided Design &
- Digital Design
- Early Years & Playwork
- Hospitality & Catering
- Railway Engineering &
Teacher Training Packages
The YHTVET Consortium has built on these
curriculum strengths to develop a range of bespoke vocational
teacher training packages in the following areas:
- Electrical Engineering
- Computing Technology
- Business & Finance
- Textiles & Fashion
- Hospitality, Travel &
- Media & Graphic Design
The YHTVET Consortium is also developing
further Teacher Training package in Health and Social Care,
Construction, Animal Care, Travel and Tourism, Hair and Beauty and
English Language in the near future. Other packages can be
developed upon request.
UK-China Skills Challenge
The YHTVET Consortium has been successful in
winning the UK-China Skills Challenge funded through DIUS.
This project will see the Consortium use the UK Apprenticeship
framework model to link academic study to vocational training and
on the job training to create a fully skilled workforce within
Chinese schools and colleges.
The YHTVET Consortium led by Wakefield College
will focus its efforts under this project in the Province of
Chongqing. A total of seven vocational routes will be
developed under the UK-China Skills Challenge; namely Basic Skills,
Financial Services, Construction, Engineering, Information
Technology, Hospitality and Tourism and Creative Industries.
The Consortium will develop a pilot in three vocational areas over
the course of the two year project and the remaining areas will be
developed so that they can be purchased by Chinese schools,
colleges and local governments in the future.
To find out further information about member
Colleges and the activities of the YHTVET Consortium please
Ms Claire Wheeler
YHTVET Consortium Co-ordinator
University Centre Doncaster
Doncaster DN5 7SZ
Tel: 01302 558237
Doncaster College is collaborating with Arch Academy of Design
to develop joint programmes of study in Fashion and Design,
Interior Design and Jewellery Design.
Doncaster College is quality assuring Arch
Academy of Design programmes of study and supporting teaching staff
in developing the joint curriculum.
Arch Academy students will study in India
while receiving Doncaster College Certificates, Diplomas or
Advanced Diplomas as recognition of their learning. They will also
have the opportunity to undertake 6 weeks learning in the UK.
Diploma students can either study 1 more
year for the Advanced Diploma or progress to the BA (Hons) Fashion
and Design degree at Doncaster College’s University Centre, which
is validated by the University of Hull.
In addition students can also study short
University of Hull modules in Jewellery/Product Design, Headwear
and Accessory, Textiles, Set Design, Costume Design and Fashion
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in
September 2009 and the first students are expected to enrol in
Doncaster College is partnering with Fah Moda,
a centre of expertise in fashion design and tailoring in Hannover,
for staff sharing of best practice and student exchanges.
Representatives from Fah Moda and their partners Leibniz University
visited the college in late 2008 to view Doncaster College
facilities and to establish links.
Doncaster College has received some EU
funds under Leonardo da Vinci to send 4 further education students
to undertake work placement in Hannover. The first cohort will
travel in spring 2010. Students will be able to broaden their
vocational skills as well as learn more about living and working in
Through the partnership staff expect to
prepare students for a global economy as well as learn more about
vocational techniques used in Germany.
Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi Mens’ College,
Abu Dhabi, UAE http://www.hct.ac.ae/
Doncaster College established this partnership
in summer 2008 and was able to obtain government funds through the
Prime Ministers Initiative to kick start the partnership. A scoping
visit to Abu Dhabi enabled Doncaster College to map the curriculum
between the two colleges to identify similarities as well as gaps.
Subsequently two staff from Abu Dhabi Men’s College visited
Doncaster College to view facilities and learn more about the UK
curriculum, quality processes and progression routes for their
students. The return visit by Doncaster College staff identified
links with the Doncaster Business School and its post graduate
A student exchange took place in early 2009
with Abu Dhabi media students working on a joint film project with
Doncaster students. This was a practice run for the return visit by
Doncaster College media students who were to attend the “Education
Without Borders” conference in Dubai. Both sets of students formed
the media group that filmed the events at the conference and
produced a film to be submitted to an annual film competition in
the UAE. A further visit scoped the possibility of links with
aviation and airline operations programmes.
Haute Ecole Libre Mosane (HELMO) Liège, Belgium
This partnership has been developed to look at
the opportunities for higher education student exchanges under the
Erasmus programme. Representatives form HELMO visited Doncaster
College to view facilities, meet staff and establish links. Since
then University Centre Doncaster College has achieved the
University Charter for Erasmus and funding to send students within
the EU for study visits or work placements as part of their
vocational training. An exchange programme between the two
institutions will take place in 2010-2011.
Doncaster College formed the partnership with
the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2008 to provide a
study programme of English and cultural activities for Business
undergraduates, studying international business and marketing. The
aim of the programme was to improve the student’s English and
extend their knowledge of British culture. A group of students from
Strasbourg spent 3 months in Doncaster, learning English and
undertaking a business related assignment, with support from tutors
from the Doncaster Business School.
Bildungszentrum Mortzfeld, Lübeck, Germany http://www.bzm.de/
Doncaster College founded this partnership in
2007 specifically to work together on Leonardo and Comenius
projects. BZM first sent students for a one month training
programme in the autumn of 2007. Doncaster College is expecting its
third group in October 2009.
The 4 week training programme includes the
European Computer Driving Licence (100% pass rate so far!), English
and work placement.
Students are placed in “sheltered” placements
within the college, carrying out real work in a real work
environment. Students have been placed in the Marketing department,
Conference Centre, International office and many others
Oskar Kämmer Schule, Braunschweig, Germany http://www.oks.de
We have provided tuition to Business
Communication & Languages students from OKS, Germany for many
years. The students study 4 weeks of their course in the UK before
continuing on to study in Madrid, Spain, before returning to
complete their qualification in Germany.
This Leonardo partnership started in 2007 and
has seen groups of French Car Mechanic and Bodywork students come
to Doncaster for 4 weeks to gain work experience in local garages
and learn English at Doncaster College.