Vocational education across the globe

Growing numbers of vocational learners across the globe

06 April 2012

Statistics released by City & Guilds show that vocational up-skilling is happening on a global scale.

A new report by City & Guilds shows that there has been a 14% increase in vocational learners across 55 countries offering City & Guilds qualifications over the past year.

This increased demand for vocational learning has led to City & Guilds opening several new regional offices around the globe.

Mike Dawe, Director of International at City & Guilds, believes the statistics show signs of growing international economies. ‘Vocational education and training is vital to future global financial growth, so it’s really promising to see so many emerging economies developing their workforce,’ said Dawe.

New offices

City & Guilds has recently opened new regional offices in Barbados and Botswana, leading to new opportunities for learners and businesses. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal was on hand in her new role as City & Guilds President to officially open the City & Guilds Botswana office on 5 July 2011.

Juan Visser, Regional Manager at City & Guilds in Africa, said, ‘We currently have over 45 approved City & Guilds training institutions in Botswana, offering everything from engineering to hairdressing and tourism.’

Caribbean catchment

At the opening of the new Barbados office, Guy Hewitt, Regional Manager at City & Guilds in the Caribbean, said, ‘Having offered internationally recognised qualifications for over 50 years locally, we are committed to facilitating career development, increasing competitiveness and supporting economic growth in the Caribbean.’

The new Barbados office will enable City & Guilds to develop its work with state agencies, including the Ministry of Education and Barbados Community College, to help meet the needs of the region.


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