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Posted: 10/12/14

Building learning across the globe

West Nottinghamshire College is welcoming a delegation from one of India’s largest construction companies, Larsen and Tourbro Ltd, responsible for many of India’s most prized landmarks.

Level 2 painting and decorating student Jamie Evans shows the visitors some of his work

The visit, taking place this week (8-12 December), is part of a project to work with industry in India to strengthen the skills gap through the delivery of effective vocational training. It is estimated that 13 million construction workers enter the marketplace in India each year with only three million who are trained.

During this week’s visit, delegates will see the college’s building and construction campus in Kirkby-in-Ashfield and observe practical lessons and discover more about how the college provides both FE and HE learning across the sector.

The group will also be visiting scaffold training company Safety and Access Limited today (10 December) as well as experience a cultural activities in York on Thursday.

The week’s activities are being led by head of school Julian Walden and director of strategy and innovation, Andrew King, who both visited India earlier this year to explore how construction skills and qualifications at Larsen and Tourbro could be further supported by the college.

Julian Walden said: “It’s been a privilege to host a prestigious company which can boast so many huge and successful construction projects around the world and to try to help them in the development of their training programmes to improve the skills of their work force.

“It’s also been a great experience for college staff to work with our Indian partners; the learning has been a two-way process and there are lots of things that we can learn as well from Larson and Toubro.”