The Yemeni government recognises the uneven development between general and higher education and TVET. The rapid expansion of public and private higher education has caused a shortage in skilled workers on the labour market.

In Yemen, the pressures of high youth unemployment and a rapidly growing population have led to considerable importance placed on skills development. As a result of the skills shortage, aligning the TVET system to become more responsive to the needs of the labour market is one of the government’s key priorities. 

In 2010, the British Council administered an international partnership between UK and Yemen. Dudley College in the UK entered in partnership with Alhoban Technical Industrial Institute, Taiz, an organization belongs to the Ministry of Technical Education and Vocational Training. The partnership introduced the Quality Assurance System based on the UK model and led to changes at the individual, institutional, and national level. The impact of this partnership went beyond the two partners and was cascaded with the support of the government to 13 institutions. 

As part of British Council Yemen’s ongoing commitment to skills development across the country, one international skills partnership is available for funding. Travel Grants of £2,000 are available for successful applicants to meet to discuss and plan a prospective partnership. 

Travel would need to take place between 11 – 20 May 2015.  The successful partnership application will be awarded up to a further £13,000.

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Who can apply?

Our International Skills Partnership programme is now open for travel grant applications from UK colleges, quality assurance agencies, universities, employers, sector skills councils, awarding bodies, skills academies and other training providers.  We strongly encourage consortium applications. 

Organisations interested to apply for this opportunity should be aware of the current socio-political environment and should be adept to working in similar circumstances. 

The challenging security situation in Yemen has impacted on outbound international travel  and travel of UK nationals to Yemen.  As a result all face to face visits, including the travel grant visit will at present be conducted in a third country. 

The successful applicant will require partners to work together to required to find innovative ways to use Information technology and online resources to support the partnership. 


How to Apply

To submit a travel grant application please complete the travel grant application form below. 

Please note, one application form should be submitted for each opportunity. 

All completed applications should be sent to by 17:00 (GMT) on 10 April 2015.

Late applications will not be accepted. 


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