International Skills Partnership With South Africa

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The Isle of Wight College has set up a partnership with KSD college in Mthatha, South Africa as part of a British Council funded International Skills Partnership.

The relationship started in August of this year when Paul Buckland, Head of International visited the South African College to establish common ground for a joint project.  From this the two colleges developed the project which would involve Business, Tourism and Hospitality as the areas which KSD College wanted to develop.  The Isle of Wight College also wanted to create a greater awareness among its students and staff of South Africa as part of its Prevent strategy.

The first stage of the project involved Business students from both colleges completing market research surveys they had designed for each other, in order to establish buying trends for products they were promoting: KSD College were promoting jewellery and craft products and the Isle of Wight College students promoted their college and courses. Ultimately, the two groups skyped each other to discuss the outcomes of the survey and this formed part of their unit assessment (for more detail speak to Sue Burton).

3 representatives from KSD College came to visit The Isle of Wight College.

The second stage and pinnacle of the project saw 3 representatives from KSD College visit the Isle of Wight College from 3rd to 7thApril. They were:

  • MRS XOLISWA BOVUNGANA, Head of Department: Business Studies, Zimbane Campus,
  • MR SONWABISO NGWADLA, Business skills Manager, Administration Centre, King Sabata Dalindyebo College,
  • MISS ABONGILE ANDA ZATU, Senior Lecturer: Hospitality Studies, Mapuzi Campus, King Sabata Dalindyebo College.

Their visit started with a tour of the college by Paul Buckland followed by a visit to Platform One. A visit to the UK Sailing Academy enabled them to get on the water and experience the courses delivered there first hand. They attended classes in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism and Business, where they were able to meet the class who Skyped with their students.

A visit to the college’s new CECAMM centre gave them the opportunity to experience state of the art facilities and consider other partnership links. Further visits to employers such as Fox’s restaurant in St Helens enabled them to see the British apprenticeship programme in action.  In between visits they managed to take in some sights such as the Needles and Osborne House tearooms as well as sampling traditional British cuisine: fish and chips at corries Cabin and a full English breakfast in the College restaurant.

Traditional fish and chips at Corries Cabin, Cowes

The visit has inspired the two partners to look at a longer term collaboration focusing on improving students’ practical skills in South Africa and widening the horizons of the Isle of Wight students by working in close partnership with students from different cultures.

For more information please contact Pat Suttmann at or phone on 01983 550769.

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