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Early Years outlines exciting new training opportunity in China on Radio Ulster

Published on: 04/11/2014

On the Monday 3 November 2014 edition of Radio Ulster Good Morning Ulster, Early Years Chief Executive, Siobhán Fitzpatrick, was interviewed regarding a new programme which is to be developed by the organisation to train approximately 12,000 pre-school settings in Beijing and the neighbouring province.

Siobhán outlined how contact was received from the Hebie Early Education Institute in Beijing to directly experience practice in services being operated by Early Years relating to pre-schools, day nurseries and SureStart programmes in Northern Ireland and how the effect of these experiences had encouraged the Hebie Institute to engage the organisation in beginning to develop a suitable training programme for the province.

In further highlighting what representatives from the Hebie Early Education Institute particularly liked about the programmes visited in Northern Ireland, Siobhán identified the following key aspects:

Staff from Early Years will travel to China to carry out a training needs assessment in order for the design of a comprehensive programme of face to face and online training and support to be developed.

Acknowledging the support received over the last two years from Invest NI Siobhán also emphasised the potential for the exploration of further opportunities in China, linked to the anticipated establishment of a Chinese Consulate in Belfast, and the associated economic impact of this particular development in the creation of an International Project Manager post and the sustaining of a number of posts in both the short and medium term.

The broadcast is available on the following Good Morning Ulster website link for the next four weeks.  Discussion commences from 01:11:18 until 01:14:37 approximately

Good Morning Ulster Monday 3 November 2014
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04mp9hm

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