Seminars, study tours and policy dialogue

Through seminars, study tours and policy dialogue events, we create opportunity to share experience, lessons and good practice from the UK and explore important global priorities for skills and employability.

Our seminars and policy dialogues convene experts and policy makers to build on learning from the UK skills sector and facilitate collaboration that meets both the individual and shared needs of each country. 

Building Effective Employer Engagement 

8 – 9 September 2015, Amman, Jordan 

Human resource development against a backdrop of raising youth unemployment is a challenge facing governments and educators across the region. Creating conditions for employers to own and drive the skills agenda is essential to the development of effective solutions.

This interactive one and a half-day workshop on Effective Employer Engagement will share knowledge and practical examples of existing models good practice. Utilising a combination of live speakers and video-links with smaller group sessions and discussion, we will consider how the employer-led approach to skills is effective in the UK and might be applied within the MENA countries. Delegates will leave with some straightforward strategies and tools to support them in driving forward change.

The objectives:

  • To share good practice and develop knowledge and understanding of the UK Skills Sector and best practice examples of employers working in partnership to develop work-ready skills.
  • To explore how different approaches to governance and funding arrangements drive the development of innovative technical education, encouraging employers to invest in skills development and job creation (from the region and the UK).
  • To review the different elements of employer engagement in skills development, including creating academies and skills strategies based on demand supported by research.
  • To provoke reflection and critical evaluation of the key strengths and challenges of employer engagement approaches across the region and the UK through exposure to UK practice and expertise and follow-up discussion. 
  • To inspire and motivate participants to share knowledge, collaborate and develop international networks between participants from participating countries and with the UK.

Who would benefit from attending?

The workshop will benefit senior policy and decision makers, sector skills and employer representatives, donor agency representatives and senior education staff.

Registration cost is £550 - registration fee includes presentations and delegate pack, airport transfers, 3 nights’ accommodation, lunches during the seminar and a networking dinner.

Registration for the Building Effective Employer Engagement is via a secure online registration system. For more information and to register please go to:

Note: The Regional workshop is aimed at professionals in organisations active in the field of vocational and technical education and training. It will also be useful to those working in Higher Education and NGOs with a focus on youth and employability, primarily with responsibility for planning and implementing programmes related to engaging employers to enhance education and training within their country.  The workshop is restricted to 20 delegates to ensure the quality of the participatory sessions.

UK Seminar series

Our annual series of UK Seminars convenes international delegates in roles such as:

  • senior government officials
  • policy and decision makers
  • employers and employer organisations
  • donor agency representatives
  • senior level practitioners.

They draw on the expertise and experience of the UK skills sector and provide an opportunity for learning, discussion and networking as well as first-hand experience through visits to leading institutions and organisations. 

The series themes are designed to meet the priorities of our global network and to focus on a key area of skills development in line with our sector expertise

What our delegates say

"Enhance new project possibilities with British Council and new partnerships."  Patricia Arenas, Secretary of Education, Colombia

"A unique opportunity to share best practices. It was a great effort on the part of the British Council."  Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik, Government of Punjab, Pakistan

"Field visits were relevant and allowed for comparison with what was/is being implemented in Trinidad and Tobago."  Balchan Ramberran, National Training Agency, Trinidad and Tobago

"My expectations were very well met by the richness of the content of the programme." Michael Segun Akintunde, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Nigeria.

UK Seminar series 

We are currently planning the series for 2015/16 financial year and will release those details shortly.