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.

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’.

How to Succeed in the Global Workplace- free online course

This month’s edition of Vocational Education Exchange online magazine introduces How to Succeed in the Global Workplace, a new free online course from  the British Council and The University of Sheffield designed to help those entering the job market prepare themselves for the global workplace. It focuses on  the importance of developing learners’ core skills in order to fully equip them for  the world of employment by integrating employability and core skills into the core vocational curriculum through innovative teaching methodologies and techniques of delivering training.

To give learners the right skills to enter the workplace and find out more, please read How to Succeed in the Global Workplace.


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