Dudley College of Technology has extended its oversees training by delivering a new programme in Bengalaru (formerly Bangalore), Southern India. The course was delivered to a group of 20 Aeronautical Engineers and Technicians, who are themselves responsible for delivering training to individuals in the companies they work for. The “Train the Trainer” course was organised by The Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance (Semta), PWC India and India’s Aeronautical Skills Council, as part of a large expansion in the Engineering sector across the sub-continent. As Bengalaru is home Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), India’s largest aerospace company, it was appropriate that the city was the host of this innovative programme.
The course was delivered by Sally Hebbard, one of Dudley College’s teachers for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Linden Wale, Curriculum Leader in Information Technology, who were in the third largest cities in India with a population of 11.5 million, for just over a week.
Commenting on the experience, Sally said: “It was a privilege to work with such highly skilled professionals who were keen to extend their teaching style. We were keen to show them more exiting delivery ideas as they had a very formal style. Their once traditional lessons, were quickly transformed and their classrooms soon became places buzzing with activity, laughter and creativity, something the delegates hadn’t had the chance to explore previously.”
Identifying the importance of UK colleges working in this way Linden Wale said: “Our aim was to help delegates be more creative in their teaching by showing them how to plan their lessons to become student centred and more interactive. There is a big push for this area of innovative training at the moment, as it’s a concept that currently doesn’t exist in India. Outstanding colleges like Dudley can play a critical role in developing teachers and trainers who can roll out what they have learnt to other trainers in their workplaces across India.”
The week ended with a feedback session from Anu Bengla, Head of Skills and Inclusion, in the Department for International Development, UK and with Dominic Alistair, Deputy High Commissioner of the UK Embassy in India, presenting certificates to the delegates. Commenting on the success of the programme Sally said: “Sharing my skills in this way was highly rewarding and I have abiding memories of the warmth and gratitude we received from our hosts.”
Dudley College of Technology under the banner of Dudley Worldwide is working in more than a dozen countries across the globe, in a variety of ways, to deliver positive change through consultancy and training, helping to upskill both teachers and students.