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English colleges are calling for more support for international ambitions

The Association of Colleges has recommended that support for colleges to export and innovate should be increased and that student visa policies should be reviewed.

“The export potential of the UK skills sector – and the central role of colleges – needs more government support to boost skills and capacity,” the report said.

It emphasizes that renewed efforts should focus on securing Chinese Ministry of Education recognition for British colleges, which will “make doing business in China easier.”

“The domestic investment strategy should position the English university network as local training and delivery partners for foreign companies,” it added.

Two other key recommendations in the document concern immigration policy and student mobility.

“There must be a coherent and coherent national strategy that aligns employer needs, skills training and immigration policies for the future,” AoC said.

A government-led national ESOL strategy should coordinate support for those whose first language is not English, in an effort to improve integration and access to the labor market, it added.

“The UK must ensure its young people do not lag behind our nearest neighbors in Europe”

A wider range of university courses should be funded to support asylum seekers in the country, particularly progression to higher level qualifications.

Current student visa policies create a “regulatory burden” on colleges and hinder their international recruitment goals, the report continued.

New trade agreements should also include more mutual mobility arrangements for young people.

“The UK must ensure that its young people do not lag behind our nearest neighbors in Europe, and that it offers opportunities that are fair and go beyond qualifications,” the paper says.

Rejoining the Erasmus+ program would benefit student and staff mobility between the EU and the EEA and the Turing Scheme should be retained as a “rest of the world” scheme, supporting Britain’s strong ties celebrating around the world,” it added.

“In addition, short, unpaid vocational work and educational placements should be allowed through UK visitor immigration routes, in the same way that short-term studies are currently allowed.”