On Friday 24th November, students and staff at Hugh Baird College played host to a group of Thai education leaders, managers and government officials looking to view excellence in vocational learning and in particular in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
The visit, which built on another visit to the college last year, was part of a wider, longer term project organised by education consultancy company Think, Learn Challenge! (TLC!) under the auspices of the British Council and Thailand’s Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) with the support from the Newton Fund.
By working in partnership with the Thai Colleges, TLC! has devised a STEM curriculum for science-based vocational colleges across Thailand.
The delegation visited Hugh Baird College to experience first-hand how vocational teaching is delivered in an inclusive two way manner between tutor and student.
Also on the agenda was the creation of a collaborative sister college project between groups of UK and Welsh colleges and Thai colleges.
Over the course of the visit the group met with students and staff from Building Services, Carpentry and Joinery, Automotive, Engineering and Professional Studies in Construction departments at the College and toured the realistic industry standard workshops in which the students are trained.
Hugh Baird College Assistant Principal, Vicky Edwards, who hosted the visited said:
“We were delighted to welcome the delegates to Hugh Baird College once again in order to view best practice in vocational teaching.”
“As a college we are always looking for ways to broaden our students’ experience and we are particularly excited about the sister colleges programme which could see our students and staff spend some time working and learning in the Thai colleges.”
Dewi Roberts and Mark Thomas, partners at TLC!, said:
“What the group saw today was a College delivering vocational learning in an effective and enjoyable manner with learners enthused and engaged throughout. On behalf of the whole group of delegates, we would like to thank the students and staff at Hugh Baird College for their warm welcome and excellent hospitality throughout the day.”