“UK colleges and skills bodies are resilient and adaptable, and it is important to recognise that the sector could face some significant challenges and at the same time important potential new opportunities in the future. The UK’s long term prosperity and international standing depend on positive links and relationships with people around the world. It is more important than ever that the sector collaborates internationally to ensure young people are globally aware and have the skills to work across cultures.” (Tracy Ferrier, Head of Skills)
Internationalisation is about coming together to tackle common challenges globally. It is about collaborating and exchanging good practice in order to create a diversity of approaches and perceptions that provides a richer educational experience. This is vital for preparing our learners not just for a global workplace, but for a global life.
Vocational Education Exchange is an online magazine and sharing platform for leaders and practitioners interested in vocational education and skills development. Initially launched in the six countries of the Western Balkans in April 2016 and recently in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, it has had over 100,000 visits. We have plans to roll it out more widely over 2017, giving it a global reach.
We have had a positive response from our partners and networks who have contributed exciting content, reaching a large audience and receiving a positive response on social media. For this, we would like to thank our contributors so far.
We are now issuing a new call for content on the following themes:
Meeting Student Needs
Meeting Student Needs: ensuring that all young people - regardless of educational needs or disabilities; mental or physical health challenges; socio-economic or geographic barriers to participation - have access the skills they need for meaningful employment.
If you have examples of approaches you take to meeting student needs that you would like to share, please see how to submit content in the 'Downloads' section below.
Professional Development: ensuring that teachers, trainers and leaders in the vocational and technical education sector meet the challenges of rapid change, we would like to explore the concept of dual professionalism, approaches to active learning, the importance of bringing together research and practice and innovative ways of integrating professional development into busy working lives.
If you or your colleagues have had transformational professional development opportunities that could enhance skills across the globe, please see how to share your experiences in the 'Downloads' section below.
We are also launching a new ‘Skills Doctor’ feature, aiming to bring more direct collaboration between experts and practitioners in different countries. Each month, a different skills expert will answer a selection of questions addressing specific readers challenges.
If you or a colleague would like to volunteer to be a Skills Doctor for one edition, please see more information about how to nominate in the 'Downloads' section below.
Vocational Education Exchange is an opportunity for UK providers to easily engage in international activities and raise their global profile. It additionally helps to capitalise on the increased interest in UK approaches to skills training and demonstrates that the UK is globally connected and open for business. Take advantage!
How to contribute
British Council invites vocational education providers to submit relevant content and enter the growing international skills community.
This is an on-going call, so please get in touch with any content ideas, or with a completed Expression of Interest form (see Downloads section below) and content, by emailing VEE@britishcouncil.org.