College welcomes Indian delegation

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West Notts College welcomed a delegation from one of India’s largest construction companies, Larsen and Tourbro Ltd, which is responsible for many of India’s most prized landmarks.

The visit was part of a project to work with industry in India to strengthen the skills gap through the delivery 
of effective vocational training.

It is estimated that 13 million construction workers enter the marketplace in India each year, with only three million having received adequate training.

During the week’s visit, delegates saw the college’s building and construction campus in Kirkby and observed practical lessons to discover more about how the college provides both further education and higher education learning across the sector.

The group also visited local scaffold training company Safety and Access Limited.

The week’s activities were led by head of school Julian Walden and director of strategy and innovation, Andrew King, who both visited India earlier this year to explore how construction skills and qualifications at Larsen and Tourbro could be further supported by the college.

Julian Walden said: “It’s been a privilege to host a prestigious company which can boast so many huge and successful construction projects around the world and to try to help them in the development of their training programmes to improve the skills of their workforce.

“It’s also been a great experience for college staff to work with our Indian partners; the learning has been a two-way process and there are lots of things that we can learn as well from Larson and Toubro.”