Grantham College welcomed a senior Chinese teacher for a nine-day visit organised and funded through the British Embassy and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Greeted by a guard of honour by Public Service students, Mr Zhang Jijun from the The Advanced Vocational Technology School of Huangdao District, Qingdqao, came to see the college and several businesses in the area.
It was part of a shadowing programme which also saw Mr Zhang accompany the principal Linda Houtby to the Houses of Parliament.
Mrs Houtby gave a speech in the Strangers’ Dining Room to launch ‘East Midlands Key Asks’ of the next Government in the run up to the general election. This was well attended by MPs, governors and Local Enterprise Partnership representatives.
Mr Zhang also met with businesses including Grantham-based engineering company BGB, Triumph Motorcycles in Leicester and Anglian Water who spoke about their partnership with the college.
Moreover, during his stay Mr Zhang enjoyed a tour of Great Wood Nursery’s forest school, and seeing both the deer and Christmas market at Burghley House.
After speaking to business students at the college who have set up their own company Vintage Apparel, he bought some products for gifts to take back to China.