Developing and Delivering TVET through the private sector

In partnership with 
Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

When: 25 – 27 February 2020

Where: Manchester

TVET provision by state education institutions is well understood and practiced globally.  However, as systems seek to enable greater responsiveness to the labour market and enable more agile provision what role does the private sector play in delivering training?  In England private training providers record higher satisfaction rates with employers for apprentices and have become an embedded and valued part of the sector.  Public-private partnerships are also well established.  This event will look at how the private sector can be involved in TVET provision and what policy makers can do to enable this.  

More specifically, during the seminar we will explore the following questions:

  • Should we treat private provision and state led provision separately?
  • How can you as a policy maker enable the private sector to engage in the system?
  • In what areas might private and independent provision be better suited to meeting the needs of learners and employers?
  • How do we measure outcomes from both a social and economic perspective?
  • How do we ensure quality in a system with individual autonomy?
  • How do we enable collaboration between providers in a competitive marketplace?

The programme will also feature:

  • Visits to employers
  • Visits to independent training providers
  • Expert speakers
  • Interactive workshops
  • A networking dinner

Learning Aims

Participants will leave with an improved knowledge and understanding of effective practice in private sector VET provision into policy setting and implementation models.

More specifically, we will provide:

  • an introduction to managing and encouraging quality private TVET provision
  • ideas for policy changes and interventions to contribute to system reform
  • time to reflect on the different stakeholders and groups engaged in TVET and the functions they can and do serve.

Who should attend?

The seminar will be suitable for partners from government, industry or education who are seeking to improve outcomes in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training policy. The event is designed for an international audience and we ask that all delegates have the support of their local British Council office.


The seminar fee is GBP 800 which includes three nights’ accommodation (25, 26, 27 February) in a four-star hotel, coach transport to the employers during the seminar, breakfast and lunch on the 25, 26 and 27 February and a stakeholder dinner on the 26 February. Additional nights’ accommodation and airport transfers at participant expense can be sourced through the events management team. Please add this to the registration form.  


You can register here.


The deadline for registering is Friday 10 January 2020. However, if you are likely to send delegates to the seminar, please get in touch to let us know estimates of numbers as soon as possible.

We can share a draft programme on request.


If you have any questions regarding the content of the seminar, please do not hesitate to contact Andy Hall: For logistical questions please contact