Opportunities and updates

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.


As we look towards 2017, this edition takes the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the past year. Following the theme of celebration and reflection, the magazine highlights it’s own successes, as well as celebrating the achievements of our readers and their students. This issue contains case studies, guidance, and top-tips to help you and your students to reflect on, improve and celebrate your work.

Access a copy of the latest edition here.

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.


It’s not only your business skills that do the talking! 

Join our first open course for professionals in London this March.

Delivered by an expert accredited trainer, this highly interactive and practically-focused training will provide you with essential tools and techniques that you can immediately use in the workplace. It will help you build confidence, enhance communication, adapt your behaviour and build rapport in new multicultural situations. 

When: Tuesday 28 March

Where: London

Time: 9.30 – 16.30

Special trial price: £275 + VAT

Register here to take part in the course. Registrations will close on Friday 24 March at 23.00 or as soon as they reach the maximum of 16 participants, so make sure to register early to secure your place.

Learn about the benefits of Intercultural Fluency training here and see where else we deliver here.

Find here more information on Intercultural Fluency courses or email: Intercultural.Fluency@britishcouncil.org

Overview of India’s evolving Skills development

The Governments of India and the UK have made Skill Development a priority in their respective countries and it is a key part of their bi-lateral relationship. The current Government in India has made significant changes to the governance of Skills in India, in what is already a complex landscape. Therefore, this report is a useful introduction for UK Skills providers to help navigate India’s skill sector. It provides a snapshot of the skills system and highlights the skills structures and includes the historic background, new policies and programmes, ministries involved and UK organisations working in this sector in India. Read the report here.

International Reflections on TVET Governance - DIscussIon paper

On the 26 September at Spring Gardens, the British Council launched a new discussion paper entitled ‘International Reflections on TVET Governance’. Authored by Iain Mackinnon of the Mackinnon Partnership the paper examines the governance of six skills systems from around the world: Colombia, England, India, Kazakhstan, South Africa and Vietnam. Delegates from the UK Skills Sector heard from Iain on the implications of governance arrangements and in particular how organisations such as colleges and employers have an ability to operate within and between the rules of a skills system to ensure they find arrangements that work for them. Key success factors cited by Iain and the group were:

  •  the need to understand the relationships and trade-offs between different political and strategic priorities;
  • the relationship between local and national policy;
  • the view that the best governance is sometimes the least governance;
  • the way in which government sometimes requires arm’s length bodies to act as mediators with employers and education.

We were also privileged to hear from delegates from South Africa who provided a view on how their system operates under Department of Higher Education and Training. This input provided some interesting insight into opportunities and challenges arising from the move of skills policy to the Department for Education in England. All delegates agreed that it was vital for the educators, employers and governments to work together in a spirit of open partnership regardless of what system they operate in.

Read the discussion paper ‘International Reflections on TVET Governance’.


Being able to operate in complex multicultural contexts is fast becoming the definitive global skill in today’s interconnected world.  

Drawing on our 80 years of unrivalled experience in cultural relations, our Intercultural Fluency courses help organisations, businesses and professionals perform at their best in different cultural contexts and multicultural environments.  

Find out more about our Intercultural Fluency courses.   


We recently asked several UK skills organisations to share their experience, lessons and good practice in short video interviews.  

Hear representatives from the Association of Colleges, the UK Commission for Employment Skills, WorldSkills UK, Semta and the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs explain their unique contribution to the UK skills system and share their approaches to successful collaboration.   

Watch our interviews and learn more about the UK skills system