What is the Leadership Exchange Programme?

British Council’s Leadership Exchange Programme funds and facilitates reciprocal visits between leaders and senior managers from skills institutions in the UK and overseas.

The programme seeks to build leadership capacity within the Further Education sector through facilitating international collaboration. Participants will have the opportunity to share expertise, explore solutions to common challenges, and forge professional relationships across cultures.

How does the programme work?

Successful UK applicants are carefully paired by British Council with a leader or senior manager overseas to develop tailored programmes for their exchange visits, designed to explore and address the specific challenges each participant faces. Each partner is awarded a £2,000 grant to facilitate one visit to their counterpart’s institution (organisations will be expected to match fund the grant contribution in the form of staff time). Support and advice is provided by British Council throughout the process to ensure the exchange delivers maximum benefit for the organisations and countries involved.

Current opportunities and how to apply

February 2018 opportunities in South Africa

We are pleased to announce three opportunities to partner with skills institutions in South Africa. As the economic powerhouse of Sub-Saharan Africa, the demand for skills development in South Africa continues to increase. In order to maintain growth, the skills institutions must continue to innovate and advance, and many of South Africa’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions have recognise that international collaboration is one way in which this may be achieved.

British Council South Africa has identified three organisations with senior leaders who are hoping to partner with their peers in the UK. These colleges share attributes, aims and challenges with the UK sector, and an assessment panel will ensure leaders working in similar contexts, targeting comparable goals, or with the expertise sought by their counterparts are paired to ensure that participants derive maximum impact from their involvement in the programme.

Eligible organisations are those that:

  • are involved in the delivery or accreditation of structured, accredited vocational qualifications such as apprenticeships, BTEC etc.
  • are inspected by OFSTED or other quality assurance inspection agency
  • are based and registered in the UK.

If your organisation is eligible and would like to put forward a minimum of one and a maximum of three leaders or senior managers who would benefit from the programme, please read the Application Form Guidance 2018 below, before completing the online Application form here.

In order to be considered for the February 2018 opportunities in South Africa, the online Application Form must be submitted before 17.00 (GMT) on Monday 19 February 2018. British Council will assess and shortlist the applications and notify successful institutions. 

Timeline

Activity Dates
Deadline for submission of Application Form Monday 19 February 2018 (1700 GMT)
Applicants notified  Week commencing 26 February 2018
Partners introduced  From 1 March 2018
Webinar for successful applicants 8 March  2018
Deadline for submission of visit programme (South Africa visit to UK) 12 April 2018
South Africa visit to UK  21 – 30 April 2018
Deadline for submission of visit programme (UK to South Africa) 7 June 2018
UK visit to South Africa  2 - 11 June

For further details on key activities, please refer to the Application Form Guidance for February call.

If you have any queries, please contact skills@britishcouncil.org.  

January 2018 opportunities in South Africa - the call is closed

 Timeline

Activity Dates
Deadline for submission of Application Form Monday 22 January 17.00 (GMT)
Applicants notified  Week commencing 29 January 2018
Partners introduced  From 1 February 2018
Webinar for successful applicants 8 February 2018
Deadline for submission of visit programme (South Africa visit to UK) 19 March 2018
South Africa visit to UK  21 April to 30 April 2018
Deadline for submission of visit programme (UK to South Africa) 11 May 2018
UK visit to South Africa  26 May to 4 June 2018

For further details on key activities, please refer to the Application Form Guidance for January call.

If you have any queries, please contact  skills@britishcouncil.org.