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. 

UK Policy Seminar

In November 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.

Free online skills training for people entering the job market 

Register for the free course today to boost employability 

‘How to Succeed in the Global Workplace’ is a free course aimed at people preparing to enter the job market or in the early stages of their career. 

The online training equips participants with the skills and techniques to communicate confidently, build relationships and make that all-important good first impression at work. 

Perfect for students and graduates, it is also suitable for people returning to work after a career break or those who simply want to enhance their CV with skills for today’s global workplace. 

Jointly developed by the British Council and the University of Sheffield, the course focuses on the essential skills employers worldwide require from new employees, including working across cultures, adapting to new environments, effective team- building, and creating rapport with colleagues and clients from different backgrounds. 

The training also draws upon the tools and techniques used in the British Council’s Intercultural Fluency Training, currently being delivered to professionals at all levels in international companies. 

The course starts on 20 November 2017 and has three hours of online learning per week, over four weeks. Registration is now open for people worldwide. 

Find out more and register.

Based in more than 100 countries, the British Council has been connecting people in the UK and worldwide for more than 80 years. The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities, recognised globally for its high-quality teaching and international outlook.

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.

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION EXCHANGE MAGAZINE

The new edition is out!

Our new edition focuses on the importance of enterprise and entrepreneurship education including practical contributions from Young Enterprise Scotland, Northern Regional College, European Training Foundation, The Isle of Wight College, Grwp Llandrillo Menai, Hertford Regional College, South Eastern Regional College and Teach a Man to Fish. In this edition you will also find information on how to build a successful international skills partnership and will learn more about the importance of sales skills for the future success of entrepreneurialism.

Read on for inspiration, case studies, top tips and resources on the topic.

Access a copy of the latest edition here.

Contribute to the magazine

Submitting a guest article is a great way to contribute to the development of knowledge and skills in other countries and create potential for future partnerships. If your institution would like to get involved please see our Call for Content.

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.

Changing Lives: Internationalisation in TVET

On 6 July the British Council, in partnership with the Association of Colleges, were delighted to welcome partners from across the UK skills and international development Sectors for the launch of a new research paper. 

‘Changing Lives: Internationalisation in TVET’ looks at the potential effectiveness of internationalisation as a mechanism to address current challenges faced by the skills sector in the UK.  

There are seven recommendations made in the paper and the event featured a summary of the research, main findings and recommendations by Iain Mackinnon. Iain commented on the need to better articulate the breadth of internationalisation beyond just student mobility and recruitment, and in particular to understand the varied benefits that can be extracted. He concluded by saying ‘if what we have is good, and we believe it is, why is more not better?

Emma Meredith, Director of International at the Association of Colleges responded to the paper and spoke of their commitment to international collaboration and supported the recommendations. Emma emphasised the good examples of holistic, whole institution approaches to internationalisation.

The British Council and the Association of Colleges are committed to internationalisation in Vocational Education and Training. We believe that the benefits are broad and deep and that the evidence shows this. However we know we need to do more to articulate this and crucially show how internationalisation in all its forms can help deliver better outcomes for learners at all levels, as that is ultimately what we are all seeking to do.

We welcome thoughts and feedback from the UK Skills Sector and will shortly launch a plan which responds to these findings. We look forward to working with our partners in the UK Skills Sector to realise the ambition of preparing our learners for the global workplace.

Please do get in touch by emailing Andrew.hall@britishcouncil.org if you have something to share or would like to join us in responding to this important challenge.

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.