17 July 2018 – Visit to Lovedale College undertaken by members of Bridgend College
Over the half term period, Viv Buckley, Joseph Baldwin and Denise Brookes-Cooze undertook a visit to Lovedale TVET College in the Eastern Cape.
On the first day, Viv Buckley (Deputy Principal) wrote:
“Driving into the King’s campus of Lovedale TVET College is strange, a collection of lots of 2 storey buildings, cars parked not in spaces, a sense that a repaint and a bit of new cladding could help, but little can be done to really transform this into a 21st Century learning environment. But, there is a charm, a warmth, a big smile from everyone you pass. It feels familiar, it feels like Cowbridge Road.”
It is amazing to know that so far away, there is another institution facing the same issues as us; but coming up with inventive ways of solving problems. Here are the key learning points:
Simulated work environments can really help build employability skills e.g. on the King William’s Town Campus business was taught in a faux office environment; students were engaged and results were clear, local business were engaged through sponsorship and recruitment activities
Providing training and support for small businesses can improve the likelihood of them taking on Apprentices and providing secure employment for those in the construction industry.