International skills partnership for the development of a Green Solar Energy curriculum in Botswana

The British Council invites UK further education colleges and training organisations, especially those committed to developing solar energy curriculum to participate in an International Skills Partnership with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). BPC is a state-owned company for electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution in Botswana, established in 1970 and currently the only electricity supplier in the country. BPC through its inhouse training centre has a mandate for (up)skilling BPC employees, contractors and the local community on technical skills.

The partnership will focus on the curriculum development for one or more of the following potential courses:

  1. Solar Energy Systems Installation Certification (including grid tie systems) - block release (weekends only – 12 weeks) – class based
  2. Solar Energy Projects Management (2 weeks) – online delivery
  3. Solar Energy Apprenticeship Program (weekends only – 12 weeks) - class based element 

Partners will agree jointly which of the above listed areas to focus on.

This will be the first Solar Energy curriculum to be developed by the BPC Training Centre. 

This is an excellent opportunity for a UK FE college or training provider looking to build a network and capacity to work internationally. The successful UK institutions will have a demonstrable experience in curriculum development for the green solar energy sector. 

The partnership will be supported by the British Council UK Skills team and British Council’s Botswana country office.   

Successful applicants will be eligible for £30 000 of grant funding to support partnership activities. The grant will cover reciprocal visits to the UK and Botswana, staff time (limited to 30% of the grant), development of tools and resources.

The project will be funded for 12 months, starting from the end of September 2024.

The call for proposals is part of the British Council’s Going Global Partnerships programme which builds stronger, more inclusive, internationally connected higher education and TVET systems by supporting partnerships between universities, colleges, education policy makers, civil society organisations and industry partners around the world.  

How to apply   

Applications should be submitted using the application form in the Downloads section below to by 6 September 2024, 23:59 GMT