Three staff members from Lynn’s College of West Anglia campus have taken part in a fact-finding and partnership building trip to Lithuania.
This may result in links with the progressive Baltic state, adding to the 15 European countries with which CWA already enjoys links for its students and staff.
The trip, alongside staff from three other regional colleges, was organised by the Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region, European Vetpro training programme.
The visiting staff were Carole Gallagher (programme manager for hair and beauty), Penny Sulley (programme manager for visual arts) and Tom Griffiths (European projects co-ordinator).
Their destination was the Vocational Training Centre for Business service specialists in Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius.
The college was established in 1961 and provides vocational and academic training to enter the workforce.
They have an established skills base in mainly hair and beauty, photography and floristry, which allowed officials to share and compare techniques and practices within their own fields of expertise.
During the visit, Mr Griffiths held talks with his counterpart and management at the Vilnius College, which has resulted in a planned visit to CWA by senior staff from the Lithuanian college. The visit by the Vilnius team will underpin on-going discussions to develop further student and staff exchange projects.
As part of the Vetpro programme, coupled with CWA’s own EU initiatives, further opportunities to develop links, compare teaching and learning techniques, and to interact and discover different European cultures will become available.
Mr Griffiths said the outcomes are positive and inspiring, with staff and students sharing new diverse and exciting experiences to compliment and enrich their teaching and learning at CWA.