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.
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.
Apprenticeships: Spotlight on Wales
In March the British Council Skills Team welcomed delegates from around the world to Cardiff for our UK Policy Seminar: ‘Apprenticeships: Spotlight on Wales’. Over 60 Senior Policy makers from India, Indonesia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa and Uzbekistan joined their counterparts from Wales to address this crucial issue and share best practice in managing, designing and delivering apprenticeships. Read more.
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION EXCHANGE MAGAZINE: Providing career guidance to vocational education students
The new edition is out!
Discover how to provide effective careers advice and guidance to students and how to support them in getting employment. Read on for inspiration, case studies, top tips and resources on the topic.
Access a copy of the latest edition here.
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.
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.
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.email@example.com 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.