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. 

Read about our forthcoming skills events:

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

Read here about the forthcoming Skills Policy Seminars.

Read about our previous events:

Skills sessions in Going Global 2016

Going Global is an open forum for education world leaders to debate international higher and further education issues and challenges, and to discuss collaborative solutions.  This year’s theme was Building nations and connecting cultures: education policy, economic development and engagement.

Sessions at Going Global 2016 of particular interest to the skills sector included:

  • Locally or globally: tackling employability challenges
  • Should education shape an economy or follow it?
  • Can education be employer led and values focussed?

Read more about these sessions.

Building Effective Employer Engagement 

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.

The Enhancing Employer Engagement in the Design and Development of Effective Skills Solutions workshop (8 - 9 September, Amman) brought together 26 professionals from 6 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. The aim was to share knowledge and experiences, to learn from one another and discuss good practice partnership models that enhance skills investment against the backdrop of the global race to develop and deploy the talent needed in an innovation-driven economy. Delegates left with some straightforward strategies and tools to support them in driving forward change.

The report provides an overview of the workshop, background information and objectives, a summary of the presentations and discussions, and suggestions for next steps. The workshop programme and presentation slides can be found here

UK – Southeast Asia: Working Together on TVET toward Harmonisation and Internationalisation

Realising the importance of TVET in the region, the Office of Vocational Education Commission, the Ministry of Education Thailand in partnership with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Secretariat, and the British Council organised High Officials Meeting on SEA-TVET: Working Together towards Harmonisation and Internationalisation (24 – 26 August 2015,Chiang Mai, Thailand). The objectives of the meeting were to strengthen the network of TVET national policymakers and practitioners in Southeast Asia to coordinate efforts for ASEAN Integration, and to prioritise TVET areas of development and strategies, especially with respect to harmonisation and internationalisation. As a result of the meeting, the Chiang Mai agreement was signed – a commitment to collaborate with SEA-TVET organisations in pursuing the strategic plan to promote competent and recognised vocational manpower. More information can be found in the report and on the SEA-TVET website.

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.

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