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Training Gateway and UK Trade & Investment Education and Training Trade Mission to Malaysia and Myanmar

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Mon, 11 Jul. 2016
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In May 2016, 27 delegates from UK companies participated in a trade mission designed to promote the UK’s training and schooling expertise across the world. Coinciding with UKTI’s ‘Education is GREAT’ campaign, which highlights the excellence of British teaching, the mission drew representatives from services all over the country including the University of Portsmouth and the Civil Service College. The busy schedule included delivering master classes to ASEAN businesses as well as one-to-one meetings.

The mission started in Sarawak, Malaysia, where the delegation was greeted by Sarawak Score, Centre of Technical Excellence Sarawak (CENTEX) and the Sarawak Skills Development Centre. A huge increase in investment is expected in the area leading to increased job opportunities and therefore an amplified need for practical skills training, producing significant direction for UK providers in this region.

The mission then moved to Kuala Lumpur where delegates held discussions with a range of enterprises. Fruitful meetings with the Department of Community College Education and SG Education highlighted a need for company led management training in Malaysia as well as internationally accredited programmes for all sectors.

The mission then headed to its final destination – Myanmar, a country expected to be the fastest growing market in the world by next year. With Myanmar currently experiencing rapid growth, exciting and ambitious discussions were held with groups such as Technical Institute Myanmar and Myanmar Imperial College. The main opportunities for British companies were located in standards and corporate training, thanks to the UK’s reputation for excellence and quality. It was highlighted to the delegation that providers who can deliver on the spot training via smartphones could have an edge in this market, as they saw for themselves the prolific use of the smartphone as the primary route to internet access.

Deals were made and partnerships formed on this hugely successful trade mission, leading to estimated export wins of over £850 million in 2016/17. The good news is that mission organisers are confident this figure will increase over the coming months. The Training Gateway are looking to visit ASEAN again next year to tap into even more educational opportunities for UK companies across the region.

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