International Skills Partnership Nepal

The British Council’s Going Global Partnerships Programme is supporting collaboration between stakeholders in the UK and Nepal which aims to enhance employer engagement and workplace-based training models.

It is increasingly challenging for skills systems and their policymakers to create vocational education that is responsive enough to adapt to changes in labour market demand, whilst maintaining quality and oversight. Profound and sudden changes, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change challenges and technological advances, require bold approaches to skills development that can meet current and future employment needs. Whilst skills development is a national priority in Nepal, the TVET sector is complex and faces operational and political challenges like institutionalization of private sector engagement in TVET and devolution of TVET mandates to provincial and local governments under the federal governance structure. 

Sometimes, bold solutions evolve from the ground to meet a specific need. Dynamic local partnerships of private and public sector organisations come together to solve a problem with agile, targeted skills development. Once successfully demonstrated, these then act as blueprints and can be replicated across regions, countries and internationally - with the potential to influence and innovate entire skills sectors.

Such an enterprising focus is the basis for the  International Skills Partnership between the five private sector organisations in Nepal, led by the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI) - CNI, FNCSI, HAN, FCAN - and the consortium of four UK partners led by Outsourcery Services including Devon and Cornwall Training Provider Network (DCTPN), Exeter College, Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, brought together by the British Council under its Going Global Partnership Programme to deliver a one year project, building the capacity of the private sector in Nepal for a stronger role in TVET and the green transformation through an online mentoring support and an in person Summit event hold in March ’24 in Kathmandu. 

The International Skills Partnership in Nepal is part of the British Council’s Going Global Partnerships programme which builds stronger, more inclusive, internationally connected higher education and TVET systems. The programme supports partnerships between universities, colleges, education policy makers, civil society organisations and industry partners in the UK and around the world. This partnership project has created an opportunity for collaboration and exchange between the TVET stakeholders in the UK and Nepal.  

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