Vocational Education Exchange

Vocational Education Exchange is our new online magazine for teachers and leaders in vocational education and skills.  

The monthly magazine provides a dedicated space for practitioners and skills leaders from the UK and overseas to share experience and good practice. By discussing hot topics and sharing approaches from around the world, we aim to support innovation and international collaboration.   

The magazine has initially been launched in the six countries of the Western Balkans, with plans to roll it out more widely over the next year, giving it a global reach.

In this month’s edition: Employability and Core Skills

This month’s edition introduces How to Succeed in the Global Workplace, a new free online course from  the British Council and The University of Sheffield designed to help those entering the job market prepare themselves for the global workplace. It focuses on  the importance of developing learners’ core skills in order to fully equip them for  the world of employment by integrating employability and core skills into the core vocational curriculum through innovative teaching methodologies and techniques of delivering training.

To give learners the right skills to enter the workplace and find out more, please click read How to Succeed in the Global Workplace.

Access a copy of the latest edition in English, and the local languages, on our country websites: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

Contribute to the magazine

Submitting a guest article is a great way to contribute to the development of knowledge and skills in other countries and create potential for future partnerships. If your institution would like to get involved please read the guidelines (in the downloads section below) and complete and submit an Expression of Interest form to: VEE@britishcouncil.org.

What people are saying about Vocational Education Exchange

David Russell, CEO, Education and Training Foundation

The ETF welcomes the formation of the Vocational Education Exchange by the British Council, to share experience, best practice and standards around the world.

The ETF supports the professional development of teachers, trainers and assessors in the further education and skills sector on a national level.  We also provide development for leaders in the sector, driving organisation-wide improvement.  We created the Professional Standards with the sector and we host the Society for Education and Training, the professional membership body.

Raising the quality of technical vocational education and training helps learners and employers, benefitting society as a whole.  We look forward to sharing evidence-based effective practice on a global level.

Martin Doel, CEO, Association of Colleges

Sharing ideas and approaches with international partners is an essential ingredient in developing best practice in technical and professional education.

I greatly welcome this initiative from the British Council and I am convinced that AoC members will derive great value from the global exchange of ideas it will abet.

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK

Our work with WorldSkills and WorldSkills Europe has shown how valuable the exchange of information is between countries and regions in creating and delivering high quality apprenticeships. 

On behalf of WorldSkills UK and our network of partners, I welcome the launch of this new initiative by the British Council. I truly believe that it will further enhance the transfer of knowledge and information between organisations across the world. 

By contributing to and participating in the Vocational Education Exchange, we are taking responsibility for equipping our young people with the higher level skills that businesses and the global economy need.