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FE visit to Spain

ColegauCymru visit Barcelona, Spain

Mae grŵp mawr o bobl yn sefyll rhwng dau adeilad. Mae'r mwyafrif yn dal chwe bys i fyny.

Staff from Further Education (FE) colleges throughout Wales travelled to Barcelona as part of a ColegauCymru programme to create a framework for integrating international mobility opportunities into the new Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales qualification.

The Level 3 qualification equips students with the skills needed to become effective, responsible, and active citizens, preparing them for future studies or entry into the job market.

Co-designed by Nexgen and the WJEC, the programme provided a collaborative platform for staff members from 11 colleges in Wales to co-create international mobility learning experiences, and included experiential learning workshops and visits to innovative learning centres in Barcelona.

Learning objectives focused on facilitating knowledge exchange, best practice sharing, and networking among participants. By fostering collaboration and co-creation, the programme aimed to enhance the quality of international mobility opportunities provided by Welsh colleges.

Siân Holleran, ColegauCymru International Project Manager said: The ColegauCymru 2023 Staff Mobility Project successfully achieved its objectives of developing a framework for integrating international mobility projects into the new Welsh Advanced Skills Baccalaureate programme. Participants gained valuable insights into the changing nature of work and different strategies for implementing the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate programme.

“Through the programme’s co-creation sessions, participants developed international mobility learning experiences that incorporate the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales requirements, which they can now implement in their respective colleges.

“Overall, the project provided a valuable learning experience for participants and helped foster collaboration and co-creation among staff members from different Welsh colleges. The programme’s outcomes are expected to enhance the quality of international mobility opportunities provided to students, ultimately benefiting learners, staff, and communities alike.”

 

Feedback from participants:

I can see how the internationalisation of FE strategy and these targets can be met with what I have learnt here

Sophie Williams, The College Merthyr Tydfil

It was great to network and collaborate with other professionals in a similar field- it was helpful to share ideas in the different spaces and get inspiration for developing new materials and curriculum.

Hayley Stieber, St David’s Sixth Form College

My goal for this trip was to be inspired, in order to be able to further inspire my learners. This goal was certainly achieved. The time in Barcelona, with Nexgen and with the other participants, was such a positive experience. I have always enjoyed teaching the old qualification, and now feel more ready and prepared to enjoy teaching the new qualification, hopefully maintaining partnerships between Welsh colleges and Nexgen.

Sharon Jones,  Grŵp Llandrillo Menai

I am truly set on looking at embedding Internationalisation projects into the curriculum across Coleg Cambria.

Lisa Radcliffe, Coleg Cambria

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