Pathfinder Trade and Invest are delighted to offer Education and Vocational Training providers and suppliers the opportunity to join a specific sector Trade Mission to Shanghai, China from 21st to 26th May 2016. 


About the mission:

  • This Education & Vocational Training sector mission will visit Shanghai from 21st to 26th May 2016.
  • This mission is supported by UKTI and the China-Britain Business Council.
  • The mission will be led by Amina Wakefield, Chief Executive of the Cambridge Worldwide Academy who will bring her wealth of experience in both the sector and the market to this mission.
  • An “early bird discount” is available for delegates returning their Application Form and deposit payment prior to Thursday 7th April.


Benefits of the mission:

  • Day One of the programme will feature a market briefing session and a programme of group meetings with senior representatives of target organisations.
  • Delegates will receive a list of 6 to 8 key Chinese contacts approximately two weeks prior to departure to enable them to make direct approaches and to confirm individual meetings.
  • Pathfinder will obtain the business invitation letter required to support visa applications and can also assist with obtaining the visa stamp in London. Delegates can also take advantage of the optional negotiated travel package on offer.
  • A mission brochure will be produced to advertise each delegate’s company or product before and during the mission.


Who is this mission for?

  • Universities, professional qualification accreditation, schools, vocational training, further education and English language training among others.
  • Mission participants must be British exporters of goods or services. They may be a UK registered subsidiary of a foreign company, provided they are actively contributing to the British economy. 


Market Information:

  • Lord Willets, the former Minister of State for Universities and Science spoke earlier this year whilst in China on the “golden era” in education for the UK & China, which presents an excellent opportunity for UK educational institutions and businesses to accelerate their activity. 
  • China’s education system has been criticised for failing to produce enough skilled graduates – a deficiency which can be partly attributed to the focus on academic courses as opposed to vocational ones. Imminent reforms to higher education are expected to have a sizeable impact on the employability of graduates and on the education system as a whole. 
  • The reforms will simultaneously help British institutions and companies. Vice Education Minister Lu Xin has publicly stated that education reform is the key to resolving the imbalance in China’s current employment structure, identifying a “modern vocational system” as the way to foster more skilled graduates. The UK has this expertise to share with China.
  • China has the largest education system in the world – education spend totalling 9.46 trillion Yuan (£989.4 billion) between 2010 and 2014.
  • Additional market information can be found & 


Register Your Interest For This Trade Mission

China Education & Vocational Training Sector Trade Mission Pathfinder 21st to 26th May 2016
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