This month, Vocational Education Exchange magazine is reflecting on inspiring work from around the world.
In Kazakhstan, Kostanay Construction College has been celebrating the design and implementation of a new multilingual programme. The programme was developed to equip students with technical language skills during their vocational training, to improve their competitiveness as graduates in a globalised labour market. Galiya Sultanova, the Deputy Head of Kostanay Construction College, has kindly written about the project for us.
A recent government analysis suggested that 70 per cent of Kazakh companies consider poor education an obstacle to business development. Among the concerns was lack of knowledge of foreign languages including technical English.
Multilingual learning was first implemented in schools and universities in Kazakhstan in 2008. However, in the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system, this has only just commenced. To overcome this challenge, Kostanay Construction College began a plan to teach students three languages as part of its courses: Kazakh, Russian and English. Particular focus would be given to technical and profession-oriented language learning to enhance the competitiveness of its graduates.