Who we work with

In our role as the UK’s cultural relations organisation, we work with a wide range of UK and global organisations.  This enables us to bring together employers, educators and policy makers to support the development of skills for work and enterprise. 

Our skills partners

We draw together organisations in the UK and overseas, to foster skills development that meets industry needs.  We are currently working in about 30 different countries around the world.  

The organisations we work with in the UK include:  

  • National and governmental bodies with a role in skills development including the Department for Education, Education Scotland, Welsh Government, Department for the Economy: Northern Ireland, Ofsted, Ofqual and the Education and Training Foundation.
  • Colleges and training providers and their representative bodies including the Association of Colleges, Colleges Wales, Colleges Scotland and Colleges Northern Ireland.
  • Awarding bodies and their representative organisations including the Federation of Awarding Bodies.
  • Sector skills organisations and other employer representatives including the UK Skills Federation, e-skills, People 1st, Creative Skillset and others.
  • Corporations and other employers with an interest in skills and employability including Deloitte, Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo UK.

We also work with international and national skills organisations around the world, including Ministries of Education, Ministries of Labour, the European Training Foundation, development agencies and WorldSkills International.

Hear from some of the organisations that we work with and learn more about their role in the UK skills system.

Areas of expertise

We work with a range of partners to nurture higher quality skills development that helps enhance the employability of individuals, particularly young people and disadvantaged groups.  Our work is diverse but some of the key areas we are interested in are:


  • Policy and leadership
  • Governance and management
  • Teacher professionalism and continued professional development
  • Quality of teaching methods and learner outcomes 


  • Linking national skills education and labour policies
  • Employer engagement and sector approaches
  • Occupational standards and curriculum development

Flexibility and progression

  • National and Regional Qualifications Frameworks
  • Work-based learning and apprenticeships
  • Careers services and access to education and training


  • Enterprise education and entrepreneurial learning
  • E-learning and digital
  • Innovative approaches to teaching and learning