ColegauCymru this week welcomes Vocational Educational Institution (VET) lecturers from the Basque country. The group has travelled to Wales to gain an insight into entrepreneurship and enterprise teaching methodologies and how they are embedded into the curriculum.
In the next couple of days, the VET teachers who have responsibility for teaching entrepreneurship and enterprise back home will get the chance to visit three South East Wales colleges, Coleg y Cymoedd, The College Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff and Vale college to further understand how entrepreneurship within colleges’ in Wales works.
Through this visit, we contribute to the shared vision of the MOU established between both Governments this summer. Apart from formalising partnerships with Wales this summer, the Basque country also passed a law that establishes a new combined model of training, applied innovation and entrepreneurship, reinforcing the Dual VET, multilingualism and the internationalization of the Basque Vocational Training System. On the back of four skills plans, the Basque country are rich in policy and support for a World leading respected vocational education training system.
As part of Wales programme for Government Prosperity for All: economic action plan, there is an ambition to develop an entrepreneurial culture, “We will encourage and enable an entrepreneurial culture in Wales and establish targets for the numbers of school, college and university leavers starting companies.”
Following the introductory sessions with an overview of college operations, and the Welsh Government presenting their vision and strategy for developing an entrepreneurial culture, the next few days will focus on sharing of knowledge and expertise around shared learning opportunities.
The Tknika innovation center has been the catalyst to change attitudes towards vocational education and training in the Basque Country. Officials from Welsh Government, college Principals and wider stakeholders will visit Tknika next month to identify the benefits of having a similar model to support vocational education, lecturers, businesses and communities in Wales.