International Skills Partnership seminar

Bringing the Learning Home provides invaluable networking opportunities, and acts as a springboard to the further development of international partnerships."

(Ilham Nasser Al Maskari, Coordinator, Higher College of Technology, Oman)

Bringing the Learning Home is British Council’s annual International Skills Partnership seminar.

It is designed for our established international partnerships and other organisations from around the world interested in addressing skill challenges through international collaboration.

The event includes inspiring plenary presentations, interactive capacity-building workshops and outstanding international networking opportunities. It also sees the announcement of a global call for new partnerships, and the unveiling of our International Skills Partnership of the Year

Alternating between the UK and major international cities, the seminar is designed for policy-makers, employers, college and university principals and international directors, as well as representatives from sector skills organisations, awarding bodies and skills agencies in the UK and overseas.

Bringing the Learning Home 2016

This year our annual seminar, Bringing the Learning Home 2016, will take place in Amman, Jordan on 28 – 29 November, and will have a particular focus on exploring strategies for building the resilience of young people by enhancing their employability. The event will unite our International Skills Partners for an exciting programme of interactive workshops and seminars, networking opportunities, and the International Skills Partnerships Awards Dinner.

Bringing the Learning Home 2015

The largest Bringing the Learning Home seminar to be held in the United Kingdom took place on 17-20 November in Birmingham. One hundred and thirty delegates from more than 20 countries took part in the seventh annual seminar, which brings together representatives from industry, education and government to consider how international collaboration can deliver maximum impact for each country’s current and future workforce. 

Brian Wilson from the British Council said: “This year’s event included presentations from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, the Skills Funding Agency, Oracle and Walsall College. It provided a showcase for the UK skills system and offered delegates the opportunity to share successful international initiatives and best practice. We also supported the Skills Show 2015, the UK’s largest skills and career event, organised by Find a Future.”  

An Awards Celebration Dinner, hosted by students and staff at Dudley College, recognised world class performance. The Best New Partnership of the Year award was awarded to a partnership between Dudley College and Elangeni TVET College, South Africa. The prestigious International Skills Partnership of the Year award was won by a partnership between Proskills UK and Viglacera Corporation, Vietnam. 

Delegates also took part in visits to outstanding colleges, Dudley and Walsall College, and world class employers such as Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls Royce, where they had a chance to experience first-hand high quality teaching and training, quality assurance models and apprenticeship schemes. 

Photographs from Bringing the Learning Home 2015 can be found here.