3 February 2016

emfec and the Académie de Strasbourg have renewed their 24-year partnership which supports the training and development of education professionals in the East Midlands, UK, and the Alsace region of France.

emfec Chief Executive Paul Eeles travelled to Strasbourg this week to sign the renewal agreement and was hosted by the Rector of the Académie de Strasbourg, Jacques-Pierre Gougeon.

For over two decades, the two organisations have worked together to support continuing professional development and explore the ways in which vocational training is delivered in France and the UK.

An estimated 2000 teachers from France and the UK have benefited from professional development exchanges, with around 30 visiting Strasbourg from the East Midlands in the last year alone.

The partnership has explored a variety of vocational programmes so far, including engineering, hospitality and catering, hair and beauty and motor vehicle. The visits also look at non-teaching aspects of the education systems, such as the similarities and differences in quality and inspection.

Paul Eeles, Chief Executive at emfec said:

“Our partnership has maintained a strong relationship over the years which has survived many changes in staff across both organisations. I believe this is testament to the value we both place on our partnership work and the benefit that is has to those we support.

“The colleagues we have worked with in the UK have always come back from Strasbourg inspired by the different teaching methods and approaches they witness and reassured that teaching and learning in both countries face the same challenges and opportunities.

“I am grateful to the Académie for hosting me this week and we look forward to continuing to work together in the future to provide more learning and development opportunities for staff and students.”

The partnership between the two organisations is currently funded by the Erasmus+ programme, which is supporting delegations of French and British teaching practitioners to visit each other in their respective countries and explore different ways of working.

In a recent visit, representatives from East Midlands colleges visited their colleagues in Strasbourg to focus on the curriculum area of business and management, particularly to see how the Académie engaged with employers and supported work placements.