Canadian delegates visit London to learn about vocational education

Delegates from Canada recently visited the College of North West London.

15 March 2014 / Jump to comment (1)

Last week, City & Guilds jointly hosted a ‘Skills Mission’ – a high-level ministerial visit from Canada to the College of North West London.

As part of the visit, the delegation of government ministers, officials and senior educators from Canada visited the college to experience and see first-hand how vocational learning is organised in the UK. 

Hosted by Principal Andy Cole, the college had the opportunity to showcase their work to the delegation, which was headed up by the Canadian Minister of Advanced Education, The Hon. Rob Norris. The delegation also included Employment Minister Jason Kenny and Denise Amyot, President of the Association of Canadian Colleges. 

The delegation had the chance to speak with managers from the college to understand more about funding and the apprenticeship system. They were particularly impressed to see how the college is working with local employers and the community, as well as international partners. 

Meanwhile, City & Guilds representatives spoke to the delegation about their role both in the UK and internationally.

Nick DuGard, Territory Business Manager at City & Guilds said: ‘It was a real honour to receive the Canadian delegation and showcase the UK’s vocational education system, as well as learning about the system in Canada. 

'It was also a great example of working in close collaboration with one of our customers and I know the College of North West London found the experience as useful and insightful as we did.’

Learn more about the College of North West London >

Comments 1 Comment

Margaret ross

10 January 2015

I think it is very wrong I canada I am a stylist from scotland, have city n guilds level 2, qualified in 1992. They do not accept city n guilds..... they want everybody from uk to resit exam writing and practical. Outrageous!!!! So much for commonwealth. Advice greatly appreciated on by passing resting exam.

Add your comment

All comments will be subject to moderation, please refer to the terms and conditions of the blog.


Our research reveals that three quarters of young people demand skills-based training to achieve their ambitions Read full research article


The Smith Review is good. But what about alternatives at level 2?

Read blog post

Kirstie Donnelly

2017 - The Apprenticeship levy, the Industrial Strategy and beyond

Read blog post

Kirstie Donnelly

Kirstie Donnelly comment on Coates Review

Read blog post

Kirstie Donnelly

You want to narrow the gender pay gap? Tackle the ‘gender career gap’ first

Read blog post

Read more blog posts