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UK signs education agreement with China

UK signs education agreement with China

A bilateral agreement has been reached between governments in the UK and China regarding vocational education. 

The plans will allow the two administrations to work together in order to enhance workplace skills, the British Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has revealed. 

John Hayes, the UK education, skills and lifelong learning minister, signed the memorandum of understanding while he was on an official visit to Beijing. 

The agreement will last for three years and Mr Hayes predicted it will drive forward collaborations between China and Britain, strengthening the relationship between the two nations. 

Mr Hayes said: “I am particularly pleased with the Chinese interest in our apprenticeship model. Apprenticeships are at the heart of the British government’s approach to vocational education.” 

In June, a trade agreement was signed by China's Premier, Wen Jiabao, and UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, during a official visit by the former to Britain, with areas such as civil engineering, research and development and food covered by the £1.4 billion commitment. 

Posted by Nick Tellwright

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