In 2017, Durham College, in partnership with Algonquin College and Olds College, was awarded one of five institutional contracts under Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Kenyan Education for Employment Project (KEFEP). The program is designed to support the Ministry of Education and the Directorate of TVET to strengthen the quality of industry-responsive skills training programs; to increase effectiveness of institutions to deliver skills training programs that meet industry needs; and to increase effectiveness of national Kenyan agencies to implement TVET reform initiatives.
This three year capacity-building project is in partnership with Kitale National Polytechnic and Eldoret National Polytechnic in Kenya. As lead Canadian partner, DC will work closely with both the Canadian and Kenyan stakeholders to ensure activities and outcomes support the overarching KEFEP goals, in a responsive and participatory approach, in line with the Kenyan Polytechnic needs. In addition to DC’s project management role, DC faculty and staff will support in developing and delivering training that addresses the institutions leadership and management models, with a strong focus on developing support and opportunities for female administrators, faculty and students within the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system. DC will also support both Kenyan partners in implementing the extensive TVET reforms that have been spearheaded by the Ministry of Education since 2013 and are closely aligned with Kenya’s 2030 Vision.
Thematically, Kitale National Polytechnic will work closely with Olds College in the area of agricultural engineering, while Eldoret National Polytechnic, and Kenya’s second largest polytechnic, will work alongside Algonquin College in the area of civil engineering. The teams will work together to develop a common methodology of curriculum development and applied teaching and learning practices that is locally relevant and supports the Kenyan partners’ implementation of national TVET reforms. Following this, training will include strategies and processes for building sustainable industry linkages to ensure the development of industry-responsive curriculum that better matches graduate skills with employer needs in an effort to support Kenya’s youth to achieve meaningful, long-term employment in their field of choice.
In response to the growing needs of Guyana’s auto industry, which has seen a significant increase in the number of cars with new electronic systems, DC, in partnership with College of the North Atlantic (CNA) and the Fisheries and Marine Institute of the Memorial University of Newfoundland is working with the Government Technical Institute, a vocational institute in Georgetown, Guyana. Together they are developing a new, labour-responsive Automotive Electronics Technician program. The three-year project is being conducted in conjunction with Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and funded by Global Affairs Canada.
Through extensive consultation and collaboration, the partnership has achieved great success. This includes supporting local partners in modernizing their automotive curriculum through industry engagement and faculty technical skills development; supporting GTI in building sustainable relationships with internal and external stakeholders; and focusing on building the leadership skills of the female-headed management team, including the drafting and implementation of their institutional strategic plan.
Culinary, hotel and tourism industries are booming in Peru. To meet this demand, DC is working alongside faculty at Centro Experimental de Formación Profesional (CEFOP), a technical and vocational college in Trujillo, to implement innovative and creative culinary and teaching practices using new and existing technology.
By engaging local industry leaders in the development and implementation of new curriculum, DC is helping to ensure graduates receive high-quality education that aligns with specific market needs. DC’s support has helped to facilitate the CEFOP in establishing consistent integrated work learning opportunities for their culinary students, while also formalizing ongoing skills upgrading for their faculty members.
DC also supported the CEFOP in adopting a locally-relevant approach to DC’s ‘field-to-fork’ practices through the design and implementation of an urban garden. Through the integration of concepts of environmental sustainability throughout the new curriculum, students are learning the biological, cultural and social meaning of the food they cook with, while the CEFOP’s restaurant, El Señorial, adapts its menu to incorporate the daily harvest.
Under a 4-year partnership with Hau Giang Community College (HGCC), DC is leveraging the success of its evidence-based practices by supporting the development of a new, locally relevant curriculum development model for community colleges in Vietnam.
By sharing its expertise in the Food and Pharmaceutical industry, DC is providing capacity-building workshops to guide HGCC in the development of robust new program development methodologies and practices that support the college in delivering industry-responsive programming. DC is also supporting in developing institutional expertise in competency-based, applied teaching and learning practices, including a robust technical skills training program in the area of Food and Pharmaceutical. Project components also include imparting strategies for increasing student recruitment and retention; improving access to marginalized groups through career guidance and enhanced programs and services; and building long-term, sustainable relationships with local industry.
This partnership is part of a larger Skills for Employment initiative lead by Agriteam Canada Inc and funded by Global Affairs Canada, which includes two other partnerships between Niagara College and College of the North Atlantic with different Vietnamese colleges.