The Jewel of Pakistan Meets the Heart of the Black Country

Dudley College was pleased to welcome visitors from the jewel of Pakistan last week.

Gilgit-Baltistan, in the north of Pakistan, is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with breath-taking mountains and lakes offering fantastic opportunities to develop its tourism industry. Because of this, Dudley College has teamed with Gilgit-Baltistan’s state education department to develop the region’s skills in travel and tourism. Funded by the British Council, the project will bring together educators from both countries to develop a training curriculum that will give schools and colleges the tools they need to help young people in Gilgit enter a career in to the tourist industry. We will also share good practice around working with employers, a process that began with a visit to the Black Country Living Museum.

Matthew Cadden-Hyde, International Operations Manager, said “It was a great honour to welcome the delegates to Dudley. It’s obvious from the information and pictures we were given that Gilgit-Baltistan is a beautiful part of the world, and it will be fantastic to work with the state education department to provide the skills that are needed to promote and protect that beauty.”

The project is the latest in the long-standing relationship between Dudley College and the British Council. As the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, the British Council brings together partnerships to operate ‘international skills projects’, capacity building programmes that allow UK organisations to work with colleagues from around the world to tackle identified areas for development. Dudley College operates a number of these partnerships; as well as Pakistan, we work with the British Council in India, China, South Africa and Indonesia.

This project has got off to a fantastic start, and the partners will continue to work together to develop tourism in both Pakistan and the UK, building the skills of both young people and employers and helping the world to appreciate the beautiful mountains of Gilgit-Baltistan!