Is your UK skills organisation interested in engaging internationally? Would you like to raise your institution’s global profile? Consider contributing to Vocational Education Exchange. 

Vocational Education Exchange (VEE) is British Council’s online magazine for teachers and leaders working in skills. Since launching in April 2016, VEE has reached 104,000 people in the UK, the Western Balkans, Central Asia and the South Caucuses. Contributors have helped shape and enrich the vocational education experience of practitioners and young people across Wider Europe and the UK. 

How does VEE work?

VEE is published on the British Council website for each country involved in the online magazine. While VEE is currently only published in Wider Europe (for a full list, please click here), we hope to roll out the magazine globally in the near future.

A new VEE edition is published every three months, with each quarterly edition of the magazine tackling a different theme or challenge within the skills sector. We are currently welcoming content for the following upcoming editions: 

Quarter 1 (April, May, June 2017): Professional Development

In Quarter 1 we will explore models of professional development aimed towards improving educational standards and motivating teachers. 

If you have examples of good practice from your institution or any resources relating to professional development to share, please see the ‘How to contribute’ section below.

Quarter 2 (July, August, September 2017): Student Voice

In this quarterly edition we will explore current thinking and ideas around the role of Student Voice in TVET provision. We will pose key questions: are student councils and unions merely tokenistic, or part of a healthy, thriving institution with young people at the heart of its purpose? If soft skills can be developed through participation in student councils, how can we clearly provide evidence of the benefits of this learning? Is it a step too far to involve students in inspection processes and quality assurance, or even including learners on the governing bodies of TVET institutions? 

If you have examples of approaches your institution adopts in relation to Student Voice that you would like to share, please refer to the ‘How to contribute’ section below.

Quarter 3 (October, November, December 2017): Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

We are currently looking for content on the theme of ‘Enterprise and Entrepreneurship’. In this edition, we hope to explore thinking and ideas around the role of enterprise and entrepreneurship training in TVET provision, exploring pertinent questions such as: should enterprise training be embedded within existing curricula and, if so, what are some examples of good practice? Are mentoring and support networks of importance? What are the different roles played by the various members of the UK skills network in building the entrepreneurship skills of young people? What are the benefits for young people?

If you would like to submit content on this theme, please do so by 1 September 2017. Find more details in the ‘How to contribute’ section below.

Quarter 4 (January, February, March 2018): Careers Advice

Careers Advice and Guidance is a vital component in improving the perception of vocational education to match that of more academic routes.  Meaningful, independent careers advice which allows employers to directly interact with learners informs choices and helps to develop pipelines of talent to meet the needs of the labour market today and in the future.

If you have resources relating to Careers Advice and Guidance or an important perspective to share, please refer to the ‘How to contribute’ section below.

Skills Doctor

Our Skills Doctor feature aims to facilitate more direct collaboration between experts and practitioners in different countries. Each quarter, a different skills expert will answer a selection of questions addressing specific challenges raised by our readers.

If you or a colleague would like to volunteer to be a Skills Doctor for an edition, please submit the VEE Expression of Interest form available in the ‘Downloads’ section below. 

“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, British Council Global Skills Lead

How to contribute

British Council invites skills organisations to submit relevant content and join our international skills community. Your contribution could take a number of different forms. For example, you might submit:

  • Practical materials for educators or students
  • A video or podcast
  • An interview with a practitioner or learner
  • An idea for an article – which might be a case study, a news item or an opinion piece

Please note that our readers recently voted for the most useful types of content. The most popular were top tips, lists, case studies, and classroom resources.

Every item in the magazine will be accompanied by a brief pen portrait of the contributor and recognition of your institution. Submitting content is therefore a great opportunity to expand your organisation’s international reach; your piece could find itself on our websites being shared with thousands of TVET professionals!

After reading the VEE Article Submissions Guidelines available for download below, please submit the VEE Expression of Interest form and any content already available to share to VEE@britishcouncil.org. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or suggestions for future themes to the same address.

Please follow this link to explore previous issues of VEE.