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​2021 Online Forum-Prospects of Sina-British Apprenticeship Development & Cooperation 

April 28th

In order to implement the spirit of the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee and the National Conference on Vocational Education, implement the “Proposal of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on the 14th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development and the Visionary Goals for 2035” and the “Implementation plan on National Vocational Education Reform”, share the experience and practice of the apprenticeship system in the UK, explore the apprenticeship system with Chinese characteristics, and vigorously cultivate technically skilled talents. Organized by the National Institute of Education Sciences, co-organized by the The Association of Education and Technology and National Committee of Experts on Modern Apprenticeship, the “Sino-British Apprenticeship Online Forum” will be held on April 28, 2021, to provide a reference route for China's vocational institutions to improve the quality of technical skills training.

​2021 Online Forum-Prospects of Sina-British Apprenticeship Development & Cooperation

April 28, 2021


Opening Address:

  • Ms. Jing Liu​

Head of Education, Creative, Retail and Sports DIT China

  • ​TBC

Head of Education, Creative, Retail and Sports DIT China

  • Mr. Nick Chrimes

Chairman, The Association of Education and Technology


Keynote Address: The operation model of degree apprenticeship system and the development of training standards in the UK

Lecturer: Mr. Jonathan Ledger

TVET specialist, Education Team, Department for International Trade (DIT)

TVET expert, The Association of Education and Technology (AET)


Keynote Address: Research, practice and reflection on modern apprenticeship system

Lecturer: Prof. Pengfei ZHAO

Director, National Modern Apprenticeship Expert Committee of the Ministry of Education, China

President, Guangdong Construction Vocational Technology Institute


Keynote Address: Global Vocational Education Models: Innovation Standards and Quality in the UK

Lecturer: Dr. Susan James Relly

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Education, University of Oxford

Co-Director of Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), University of Oxford


Keynote Address: Modern apprenticeship system for small and medium-sized enterprises based in small and medium-sized cities (Practices from Jinhua)

Lecturer: Prof. Jun CHENG

Vice President, Jinhua Polytechnic 


Keynote Address: Establishing talent training mechanism with enterprise employment standards

Lecturer: Dr. Gary Ramsden

Associate Professor, Logistics and Operations Management

Programme Lead, Department of Management, University of Lincoln


Keynote Address: Practice of ternary crowdfunding guild modern apprenticeship center 
Lecturer: Ms. Yuqi CHEN
Chairwoman, Internet of Things Association of Guangdong Province 
Founder, Zecheng Technology


Closing Address:

Dr. Cheng SUN

Director, Institute of Vocational and Continuing Education, NIES




​National Institute of Education Sciences (NIES)

Established in 1957, the National Institute of Education Sciences (NIES) has been sharing weal and woe with the nation in its course of development and reform. It has systematically conducted studies in educational theories and policies, and has made great contributions to the development of education in China. In recent years, NIES has made important achievements in the field of scientific and technological research. Under the leadership of the Ministry of Education, NIES has focused on the strategic and forward-looking studies in the main theoretical and practical issues which have arisen in the course of educational reform and development, and thus contributed to state-level policy-making. The Institute of Vocational Education and Continuing Education (IVCE) is one of 13 research institutes at NIES. In 2013, IVCE was approved to carry out research on vocational education. It was renamed the Institute of Vocational and Continuing Education in 2016. Since its establishment, the institute’s research has focused mainly on vocational education, life-learning and economics of education. It has carried out forward-looking and timely research on such issues as vocational education systems, structural change and innovation, and learning society building – all under the umbrella of national modernization and China’s economic and social development.



The Association of Education and Technology (AET)

The Association of Education and Technology (AET) is a non-profit international organization dedicated to the development of global education in Cambridge, England. AET is committed to promoting inter-school exchanges and teaching cooperation between the UK and the world in education area, cultivating students' global vision, strengthening science and technology education, and developing the various talents needed for 21st century talents.



National Committee of Experts on Modern Apprenticeship,China

On October 14, 2017, the National Committee of Experts on Modern Apprenticeship (“The Committee”) was established. The Committee has a secretariat, an expert committee and an expert database, and its members cover junior and senior vocational colleges, industry enterprises, government departments, scientific research institutes and other units. Under the guidance of the Vocational Education and Continuing Education Department of the Ministry of Education(China), the Committee is mainly engaged in the theoretical research of modern apprenticeship, guiding exploration and practice, ensuring the healthy development of the Ministry of Education pilot projects; conducting consultation, guidance, training, and evaluation around the promotion and promotion of modern apprenticeship, Inspection and promotion of exchanges and other activities. The establishment of the special committee is to give full play to the research and guiding role of expert organizations, improve the quality and pertinence of training technical and skilled personnel, and build a modern apprenticeship system with Chinese characteristics. The main responsibilities of the Committee are: 

  • Carry out theoretical research on modern apprenticeship & international comparative research and promote the establishment of a modern apprenticeship theoretical system with Chinese characteristics. 

  • Entrusted by the Ministry of Education, carry out the new pilot selection, annual inspection of the modern apprenticeship. 

  • Carry out special training for modern apprenticeship, exchange experience, publicize and promote outstanding case results; carry out consulting services, supervise and guide pilot work. 

  • Promote international cooperation and exchanges in modern apprenticeships, etc.



Department for International Trade (DIT)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is a United Kingdom government department responsible for striking and extending trade agreements between the United Kingdom and foreign countries, as well as for encouraging foreign investment and export trade. DIT’s purpose is to develop, coordinate and deliver a new trade policy for the United Kingdom, including preparing for and then negotiating free trade agreements and market access deals with non-EU countries. The new department is a specialised body with significant new trade negotiating capacity. It took on the responsibilities of UK Trade and Investment, which was previously operated by both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, it also took on the latter's other relevant trade functions; as well as responsibility for UK Export Finance.



First Landing Education

Headquartered in Cambridge, England with a major Representative Office in Beijing, First Landing Education (FLE) has over 50 business partners across 70 cities. FLE mainly provides multi-level and multi-type international exchange project services, including short-term non-academic program (student and adult), teacher training, principal visits, university study abroad projects, international consultancy and execution service in higher vocational colleges, government & industry representatives overseas visits, company overseas visits and so on. FLE is committed to building a bridge of mutual respect and understanding between China and the United Kingdom, providing an effective and exciting platform for further educational exchanges. At present, many high-quality educational cooperation projects and exchange courses have been custom-designed for the Chinese government, industry, enterprises, and academies. The achievements have been highly recognized by both Chinese and British government departments and institutions.

Introduction of Guest Speakers


Head of Education, Creative, Retail and Sports, DIT China

Ms. Jing LIU

Introduction of Keynote Speakers


TVET specialist, Education Team, Department for International Trade (DIT), UK

TVET expert, The Association of Education and Technology (AET), UK

Mr.Jonathan Ledger

Mr. Jonathan Ledger is a TVET specialist with the UK government's Department for International Trade's Education Agency and a key member of the UK Skills Partnership.

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