Dudley College has clinched a £0.5m contract to deliver leadership and management training to 250 principals of polytechnics across India over the next two years. The project will build on the international experiences of the college’s Leadership and Management Hub, which has provided similar training in Libya and Saudi Arabia, as well as throughout the UK.
The contract is with the UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) who works in partnership with the All India Council for Technical Education, India’s statutory body for planning and developing technical and management education.
Through this partnership, Dudley College was awarded the contract to deliver a high calibre, bespoke programme of training focusing on developing the skills of educational leaders. With a focus on quality assurance, people and change management and links with employers integrated into the training, the India delegates will become more equipped to manage their further education establishments in an efficient and effective way and be able to provide a training infrastructure which can support India’s national economy.
Lowell Williams, Principal at Dudley College, who recently undertook a scoping visit to India, explained: “A growth in India’s economy and its fast developing global position has led to the India government setting a target to train 500 million workers by 2020. Part of this colossal challenge is to provide its college principals with the leadership skills required to manage their organisations through this time of transition.
“Further education in the UK is recognised internationally for its quality and achievements so it makes perfect sense for successful colleges such as Dudley College to share its expertise with emerging nations like India to improve the skills of their workforces.
“For Dudley College, the contract is not only an opportunity to showcase our expertises overseas, but it also brings significant revenue into the college that we can reinvest into our staffing and estate.”
The structure of the programme involves Dudley College experts visiting India to deliver a series of workshops over the next year and includes a four day visit by the Indian delegates to the college, when they will be able to work shadow, observe and see the college’s leadership and management style in action across the workforce.