Vocational Education Exchange

Vocational Education Exchange is our 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 was initially launched in the six countries of the Western Balkans and recently in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, with plans to roll it out more widely over the next year, giving it a global reach.

In February’17 Issue: Meeting students’ needs 

The British Council is committed to inclusive education and has supported a number of conferences and initiatives promoting an inclusive approach to education. In  February’s edition of Vocational Education Exchange, we focus on how vocational schools and colleges can meet the needs of their students. This might involve offering courses that prepare all students for employment or developing courses and making provisions for students with more specific learning needs. The issue contains case studies, guidance, and top tips to help meeting the needs of students. 

Access a copy of the latest edition in English, and the local languages, on our country websites: 

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 see our Call for Content.

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.

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.