International Skills Partnerships are open to:
- further education institutions
- training providers
- sector skills organisations
- awarding organisations
- skills agencies
- quality assurance agencies
- government ministries
Should you have any queries about eligibility please email us at email@example.com.
International Skills Partnerships enable organisations to:
- learn from the experience of international partners facing similar challenges
- devise new approaches to skills development that can motivate and benefit their learners and staff
- enrich their organisational culture
- raise their profile in the UK and overseas
- create new international business opportunities
- inform the development of national skills approaches with the potential to impact the skills and employability of millions of people.
Successful applicants receive a project development grant of approximatley £2,000 to cover travel costs to visit their prospective partner.
A further amount of up to £13,000 will contribute to the delivery of each successful project proposal. The grant is paid in three instalments throughout the course of the 12-month partnership.
The British Council is on the ground in more than 100 countries across six continents. This gives us unrivalled local intelligence and understanding of the issues faced in different parts of the world.
We work at a strategic level to advise organisations on cost-effective ways of addressing their skills development and employability challenges. We then bring together partners with the right experience to deliver the programme.
We offer comprehensive guidance and support to our partnerships at every stage of the process, working with them to ensure that their project delivers maximum benefit for the organisations and countries involved.
In the last six years we have delivered over 70 international skills partnerships in more than 30 countries.
Our application process requires UK organisations to select priority sectors and activities for partnership. Applications must clearly state the strategic objectives that will be achieved as a result of international collaboration.
British Council will assess and shortlist applications. Selected UK partners will be matched with an overseas counterpart and awarded a grant to carry out a project development visit. This enables organisations to meet with their prospective partners in-country and develop a foundation project proposal to be submitted shortly after their return. The strongest proposals are selected for International Skills Partnership funding.
As the application process is competitive it may be that an appropriate partner is not found during the first application round. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified via email when relevant opportunities arise and will be invited to resubmit their application for future opportunities.
See the Downloads section below for an overview of the process and further guidance.