UK-China Global Hospitality Skills for TVET

Supporting the implementation of world-class Apprenticeships in China to increase UK market export opportunities for the VET sector.

The project has been funded by the FCO UK-China Prosperity Fund and managed by the British Council China.

Since October 2016 Westminster Kingsway College (UK), Shunde Polytechnic (China) and The Professional Association of Catering Education (UK) have been working together to contribute to a national Apprenticeship framework of global standard in China while showcasing the UK as a global leader of TVET, enhancing appeal amongst international investors. This ambitious aim has been realised through a pilot project which has enhanced competency based teaching & learning and engagement between education and industry in China.


The Chinese Government’s five-year plan (2016-2020) puts Vocational Education reform as a priority for national development. It seeks to develop a modern Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system with greater collaboration between industry and education. In support of this initiative Modern Apprenticeships have been introduced in 100 Higher Vocational Colleges across the country. Initial feedback from the sector in response to the introduction demonstrated a need for greater guidance and support with implementation.

The aims and objectives of this project intended to provide a solution to the sector introducing methodology for implementing apprenticeships based on UK best practice and thus enhancing the quality of the modern apprenticeship framework in China. Partners of the project were well positioned to implement activity and realise these goals.

UK Apprenticeship’s have a strong track record for responding to the needs of industry. As the largest training delivery provider for Apprenticeships in London, Westminster Kingsway College was equipped with the expertise required to achieve the projects intended outcomes. Selected by Chinese Government as a pilot college for the new Apprenticeship framework, and with a reputation for excellence in TVET, Shunde Polytechnic, was an ideal partner for the project. Both Colleges are renowned for their work in Hospitality and Culinary Arts, a sector which in recent years has shown global growth but also an increasing skill gap; making it a natural platform to pilot project activity. The Professional Association of Catering Education (PACE) unites industry and education in the UK Hospitality sector and holds a unique skill set which has been an asset to the project.

Whilst activity has concentrated on qualifications and delivery in a specific area, a scalable output which can be adapted to other sector in future has been created.

Key outcomes of the project have included:

  • Recommendations for NOS development
  • Teaching and assessment materials for selected Hospitality units/modules
  • Teacher (assessor) training
  • Adapted curriculum recognised by local Government and industry
  • Piloting an application for learning skills
  • Consultancy report by WKC with recommendations for curriculum and standards adaption

Detailed information on outcomes & outputs and project partners is available on the following tabs.

For further enquiry:

Seungeun Chang | Head of International Development

The WKCIC Group


Tel: +44 (0) 20 7802 8970