We offer a range of opportunities over the year, from calls to get involved in our work, to the chance to read the latest reports and gain insights from our partners around the world. Find our latest opportunities and updates below. 

Invitation to Tender

British Council is currently commissioning research focussing on ‘Disabled people’s inclusion within TVET – an international perspective’ (a study of inclusive TVET internationally – what is working well at systems and practice level?).

Up to £20,000 GBP is available

Application deadline:  11 November 2019

Find out how to apply here.

The world loves our colleges

At the British Council it’s our job to promote a friendly knowledge and understanding between the UK and the rest of the world. In the 110 countries in which we work our staff are consistently asked about the role of UK Colleges as the growing youth population and rapidly changing nature of work means that Technical and Vocational Education and Training assumes ever more importance for citizens and their governments - everywhere.

The British Council is always inspired and encouraged by meeting college students from across the UK who say that an international experience has transformed their skills and confidence. For example, one said “my visit overseas has helped me to look at the world with different eyes. After the trip, I have found that I feel more confident, and I have a stronger willingness to finish my studies and to get a job”.

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Independent Training Providers (ITPs) are an integral part of the TVET landscape. They play an increasingly important role in delivering government policy priorities in the development of TVET systems, however their role is often under-researched and their significance overlooked. Our first research in the series, conducted in partnership with AELP, puts the ITP sector in the spotlight. 

The research begins by outlining the distinctive characteristics of the ITPs in the UK which enable them to respond to government priorities. Examples of the successes and challenges that UK ITPs face are presented through mini case studies. Further on, the research examines the role of the ITPs in six countries – Botswana, South Africa, Uganda, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and the different models they operate within.

Find the research here.

Inclusion of Refugees in TVET Self – assessment Tool

British Council is pleased to share a new self - assessment tool designed to provide a practical and easy-to-navigate instrument for carrying out an analysis of the status of TVET in respect of refugees’ inclusion. 

The tool is aimed at government officials, practitioners, researchers, international development agencies and organisations active in the field of refugees, education and skills and is designed to help users develop a better understanding of the factors affecting refugee inclusion in TVET. 

We hope that the tool will generate discussion on potential approaches to addressing the issues identified during the assessment and includes suggestions for enhancing refugee inclusion in TVET based on users’ scores. 

Find below the self-assessment toolkit:

We are very interested in learning more about the inclusion of refugees in TVET in your country and would encourage you to submit your completed forms to skills@britishcouncil.org.

VET Toolbox newsletter

The EU funded VET Toolbox project has published the first edition of its newsletter.

The VET Toolbox is a European partnership between British Council, GIZ, Enabel, LuxDev and AFD promoting demand-driven vocational education and training. 

To find out more, subscribe to the VET Toolbox newsletter and stay updated every six months on the latest news from this innovative European partnership. The VET Toolbox newsletter updates you on the latest figures, but also provides stories, videos and tools.

Subscribe to the VET Toolbox newsletter and stay updated on the latest news from the VET Toolbox!


The new edition is out!

In this edition we have selected some case studies and articles covering apprenticeship developments across the United Kingdom.

We see how slightly different schemes across the UK achieve similar results by providing employers with the skilled staff they need to be effective. There are articles on how working with a professional sports organisation has resulted in students joining as employees, how a female apprentice in the construction industry has won an award, and how a college in the north of England has adapted to meet the needs of employers.

Access a copy of the latest edition here.

‘Building Quality TVET Provision Globally’ case studies

The British Council organises an annual international skills partnership seminar Bringing the Learning Home which is designed to showcase established international partnerships and other organisations from around the world interested in addressing the skills challenge through international collaboration.. 

In lieu of this, we have produced a collection of ISP case studies featuring recent, awarding winning projects. The purpose of this document is to celebrate and recognise the hard work of all ISP project as well as to show case the impact of these projects to organisations, individuals and most importantly to international skills development.

Read here ‘Building Quality TVET Provision Globally’ case studies.

vettoolbox.eu: a brand new website for relevant skills for all!

Five European development agencies jointly launched vettoolbox.eu, an exciting new project aimed at providing partner countries with know-how, tools and advice in order to support VET systems to become more demand-led and more inclusive, with more effective private sector engagement. 

Co-funded by the European Commission and the German Government, the VET Toolbox is a partnership between EnabelGIZ, the British Council, LuxDev and ADF France.

Read more here.

AoC Beacon Awards - Stage 1 Beacon Standard

Congratulations to those colleges who have met the 2018/19 AoC Beacon Standard.  This year’s AoC Beacon Awards programme provides assessors the opportunity to recommend those applications that should be commended for their practice in each of the award categories, having demonstrated a high level of innovation, impact and being sustainable.

A full list of those colleges that have met the AoC Beacon Standard 2018/19 is available here.

TVET Inclusion

In their ambition to create a fair society and a strong economy, governments around the world are investing in skills development that not only meets the changing needs of business and increases productivity, but also enables people from all backgrounds to fulfil their potential. Sustainable growth can only be achieved if education and market systems are inclusive for all groups in society. 

Inclusion is a current priority for the UK government and globally supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In the UK and in many of the countries in which we work there is an increasing interest in the role of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in addressing the inclusion agenda.  Our work therefore aims to ensure that skills development better meets the needs of individuals and the economy through high quality, relevant, respected and innovative provision.

After exploring the governance of TVET last year, our research now focusses on how TVET supports inclusion. First in the series is ‘The Inclusion of refugees in technical and vocational education and training; an exploration of funding, planning and delivery’.  This research provides an analysis of the situation of refugees and their inclusion in TVET across five countries – Ethiopia, Jordan, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK,  in terms of  availability, accessibility, acceptability,  and adaptability. It provides examples of good practice and makes recommendations to relevant actors involved in TVET for refugees. 

Read more here.

Internationalisation in TVET: a series of Further Education case studies from across the UK

These 12 case studies showcase the impact of internationalisation activities within the UK technical vocational education and training sector, and have been compiled as the result of a recommendation in the British Council’s 2017 report Changing Lives: Internationalising the skills sector

Internationalisation activities can include a whole host of academic and strategic initiatives carried out by further education colleges, from developing partnerships with colleges in other countries and offering overseas placements to students and staff, to recruiting international students. But what links these activities, and what these case studies aim to demonstrate, is the positive impact internationalisation can have on students, teachers, learning environments and local communities.

Read the case studies here.

Global Skills Spotlight – Promoting effective skills frameworks for disabled peoples’ economic empowerment

The British Council was delighted to welcome partners from around the world across the Skills and International Development Sectors for a discussion in to co-inside with the Global Disability Summit which took place in London on 24 July 2018.  The British Council hosted Skills, Disability and Inclusion Roundtable focussed on improving employment outcomes for disabled people through Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) and through the wider enabling environment for tailor-made support for disabled people to access and thrive in enterprise or employment. This event featured presentations from four global perspectives. We heard findings from British Council’s research into the disability and TVET landscape, including research conducted with STEP in Pakistan and Goss Consultancy in the United Kingdom. We shared success stories from the work of Sightsavers in Uganda and were inspired by Ryan Gersava, a young disabled serial social entrepreneur who is using digital and tech to transform employment opportunities for disabled people in Philippines.

Read more about the event.

Global Skills Spotlight - TVET Governance: The role of Institutional Leaders

The British Council were delighted to welcome a number of stakeholders from across the Skills and International Development Sectors for the launch of our final research paper in the Governance series ‘TVET Governance: The role of Institutional Leaders’. The survey which forms part of the report looks specifically at four countries England, India, Kazakhstan and Vietnam. TVET governance and how Institutional Leaders view it in different contexts is a really key global issue and we were delighted to welcome a number of partners to discuss this and the research.

The event started with a welcome from Chris Cooper, Global Skills Lead, British Council.  Chris highlighted the importance of the topic and the relevance to UK organisations working both domestically and internationally.  He emphasised that looking at other systems helps us understand our own better and that international collaboration is vital in addressing significant global and local challenges.

Read more about the event.