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. 

VET Toolbox - Call for proposals

As part of the VET Toolbox project, we are launching an EU-funded call for proposals on inclusion in VET. In other words, we seek to promote inclusive, demand-driven VET & skills development. 

The specific objective of this call is to fund innovative and inclusive initiatives that improve employment opportunities in the formal and informal labour market for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups through vocational education and training.

Find out how to apply here.

I-WORK Project

British Council is now inviting UK FE Colleges and Training organisations to apply to participate in the ‘Improving Work Opportunities – Relaying Knowledge' (I-WORK) Project. We are interested in FE Colleges / Training organisations with a strong track record in employer engagement and work-based learning who will act as Lead Partner in collaborative clusters working with peer TVET providers from Ghana, India, Malaysia and South Africa. These opportunities will be of interest to those in the UK Skills sector who wish to further build their capacity in delivering international projects focussed on system level change and capacity building.

Find out how to apply here.

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION EXCHANGE MAGAZINE: Providing career guidance to vocational education students

The new edition is out!

The theme for this issue is working with employers. We have examples of UK initiatives that show how employers and training providers can work together effectively, improving productivity and providing valuable career experiences for young people.

Access a copy of the latest edition here.

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.

UK Policy Seminar

In November 2017 the British Council Skills Team welcomed delegates from around the world to Birmingham for our UK Policy Seminar: ‘Changing the perception of Vocational Education: Careers Advice and Guidance’. Over forty Senior Policy makers from Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Nigeria and Pakistan joined their counterparts from the UK to address this crucial issue and share best practice in improving the perception of vocational careers and attracting more learners into training. Read more.

WorldSkills Conference

At WorldSkills 2017, a biennial international skills event that sees 70 countries represented and 110,000 visitors over four days, the British Council Skills team together with organisations such as the ILO, ETF and OECD contributed to the WorldSkills Conference as Coalition partners. This took place in Abu Dhabi on the 16 and 17 October and we joined together our partners from the UK and overseas to discuss key global challenges and share best practice from around the world. We are grateful to all of our partners from Austria, Hong Kong, India, Oman, Pakistan, South Africa, Singapore, UAE and the UK who contributed to our sessions. Our sessions asked what skills it is that employers really need, looked at the transformative power of Cities and shared some key insights from three Skills systems. Contributors ranged from youth representatives, through to the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills for England, Rt Hon, Anne Milton MP who spoke about the value of apprenticeships to the UK economy and society as well as highlighting some key initiatives that support skills development in Cities and regions.

Presentations and videos from the Conference will be available shortly. Catch up on the highlights of the Conference, view the photos, and watch the summary video.

Award-winning project in Thailand 

The project ‘Developing and Embedding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the vocational curriculum in Thailand: sharing UK innovative practice’ has won the UK National Enterprise Educators Award: FE Team Enterprise 2017 at the National Enterprise Educator (NCEE) Awards on 7 September 2017 in Glasgow. Read more.

Should colleges work internationally? 

In 'Further Education Week' Tracy Ferrier, Global Skills Lead for the British Council, talks about the importance of internationalisation of colleges, explains why it is a fundamental necessity and mentions different ways to do it. 

'Diversity is vital for preparing learners for global life', says Tracy Ferrier.

Read the full article here.