2WelcomeParticipants IntroductionOutline of the meeting
3Why focus on skills? A global debate………. “Economic success is increasingly based on the effective utilisation of intangible assets such as knowledge, skills and innovative potential as the key resource for competitive advantage.” (Economic and Social Research Council)“One of the issues globalisation is raising in almost every country is: what sort of specific skills do people need, what is the balance between specific and general skills? We need to help countries come to their own answers.”(Nick Burnett, Assistant Director General for Education in UNESCO)Skills for Employability is a British Council cultural relations programme that addresses the challenges of globalisation and the demand for skills in a global economy by creating link between education and industry.SfE is a British Council cultural relations programme which focuses onSkills development and increasing the employability of young people byencouraging closer links between education and industry.Large-scale - budget, geographical engagement, more integratedLong-termInitiated 2008Builds on successful regional VET projects in Central and Southern Asia, South East Europe and Middle East
4Skills for Employability Focuses on Supporting education and training systemsWorking with Ministries and agenciesTraining delivered in vocational TVET institutions and the workplaceContinuing professional developmentEngaging industry and employers in skills trainingAddressing themes of skills gaps needsSupporting education and training systems preparing people for work and skilled jobsWorks with Ministries and agencies responsible for skills and enterprise developmentFocuses on training delivered in vocational schools, colleges, technical institutes, universities and the workplaceFocuses on continuing professional developmentEngages industry and employers in skills trainingAddresses themes of skills gaps needs, labour mobility, enterprise, standards and innovation in training
5Skills for Employability Key aims Building strong relationships with industry and EducationFacilitating the exchange of knowledge , good practice and expertiseStrengthening the quality of intelligenceBuilding standards and increase awareness of new markets and working together* Build strong relationships with industry and employers, governments and training providers across a number of regions* Facilitate the exchange of knowledge, good practice and expertise; and identifies synergies between participating countries and regions and the UK, with a view to supporting the educational reform agendas of participating countries and regions and the UK.* Strengthen the quality of intelligence which stakeholders, customers and partners have access to* Build standards and increase awareness of new markets and working together to examine and apply innovative approaches to skills reform
6How Skills for Employability is delivered Policy dialogueInstitutional partnershipsEnterprise Award/ ChallengeProfessional networksEnglish for the world of the work1.Policy Dialogue –We provide a combination of workshops, seminars, conferences and training programmes for policy makers and practitioners that will facilitate the exchange of good practice and raise the profile of TVET. It will address themes such as engaging industry and employers in keeping education and training systems up to date with changes in technology; identifying skills gaps and needs2-Institutional Partnership – grant funded institutional partnership project in key sectors between vocational colleges, TVET agencies and industry in the UAE through College Twinning programmes that will aim to build capacity of staff to deliver industry focus curricula, support quality improvement strategies and international student & staff exchangeExample: Pembrokeshire and Sharjah Institute of Technology3. Enterprise Award/ Challenge - This award/ Challenge will be aim at the emerging young workforce. It will encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, reward excellence and creativity and raise the profile ofTVET amongst young people & employers.4. Professional networks - Supporting the development of professionalnetworks and providing members with up to date high-quality information aboutvocational education globally with a view to sharing knowledge, ideas, goodpractice and experience. The Professional Network is designed to build long-term links between policymakers and educational transformation agencies and to share best practice across Regions and between Regions / the UK and globally in the bigger picture.The network, which will aim to become a valued global professional network in the field of skills, will have both online ( TVET ARABIA) and face-to-face elements ( Such as advisory group). The professional network will be built from participants in policy dialogue event, institutional partnerships and enterprise programmes, and will draw in advisors, experts and consultants working with together.
7Policy DialogueAddressing the core issues of skills education and training reform with Ministries, educational institutions, skills agencies and other relevant organisationsFacilitates the skills gaps through events such as conferences, seminars, workshops, forums, study visits to UK, consultancyCreating a vehicle to engage with UK VET senior stakeholdersOperates on national, regional and global level
8Institutional Partnerships Collaboration between UK and overseas FE/HE institutions to foster:Employer and industry engagementProfessional linksQuality assuranceLeadership development trainingWork placementsStudent and staff exchangesDevelopment of materials and curriculum
9Enterprise Awards/ Challenge Competitions aimed at young peopleHighlighting achievement in enterprise, innovation and technologyEmphasise entrepreneurial and innovative approachesTailored to local and regional needsEstablished by working in partnership with business sponsors and enterprise agencies.
10Professional Networks Building a strong network of UK and international consultants and national TVET Key playersBringing significant expertise of education system design, development, regulation, solution-building and reform.Focusing effectively on regional and country reform prioritiesSupported through face-to-face networking events and through online communities.
11English for the World of Work We are currently looking at including English for the World of Work products and services for professional development.
12Global and nationalIdentifying and building on synergies between countries and regionsTailoring the programme to national needs - countries engage with the strands that cohere with their own educational reform agendas
13Where Skills for Employability is active In selected countries in:Middle EastNear East and North AfricaSouth East EuropeCentral & South AsiaEast AsiaChina & Hong Kong
14Skills for Employability in UAE Scoping Visit, 2008Regional Policy Dialogue eventsPolicy Dialogue Opportunities in countryInstitutional PartnershipEnterprise Challenge
15Scoping visit UAE Priorities: Recognition of prior learning (RPL) Establishing work-based learning and assessmentOccupational StandardsNational qualifications frameworksAccess to information on existing quality assurance practicesEmployer engagementCapacity buildingProgression routesEnglish language relating to the world of work
16Policy Dialogue Events The Importance of Qualifications Accreditation’s Conference and Exhibition, Bahrain, Nov 2009’Towards Better Skills Education, Amman, Jordan, December 2009World Educational Learning and Technology Forum/Moving Young Minds, London, January 2010BETT Exhibition and Conference Study Tour, London, January 2010International Employer Engagement Event, Cairo, February 2010Skills Framework Conference, Cairo, Egypt, March 2009
17The Importance of Qualifications Accreditation’s Conference & Exhibition, Bahrain, 16-17 Nov 2009’ Organised by Bahrain Institute of Technology and supported by the Ministry of LabourParticipants from training quality enhancement/reliability and vocational qualification accreditation and HR managers from Kingdom of Bahrain and UK and Arabian GulfFocus on exchange of information, knowledge and experience related to quality accreditation in the UK an GCC countriesSupport TVET reforms to enhance/raise the quality of training and the proportion on the accredited qualifications abroadEnhance the progress in the Region on education, training and labour market reforming initiativeLink the regional efforts to draft the outline framework of qualification in the Gulf region
18Towards Better Skills Education’, Amman, Jordan 14-15 December 2009 Focus on Quality Assurance in Skills EducationSenior level conferenceOpened by Minister of Education and Higher Education in Jordan100 participants from countries in the region including Ministry representatives and relevant agencies, quality assurance specialists, educational institutions, NGOs and donor organisationsFacilitated by UK experts in Quality AssuranceShowcase of good international practice, key challenges and potential solutions
19World Educational Learning and Technology Forum/Moving Young Minds, London, UK, 11-13 January 2010 Focus on innovation in educationMinisterial level conferenceAnnual event, includes a major skills componentCoincides with the BETT Show and Exhibition - largest Educational Technology event in the world attendeesSponsored by UK government and key UK stakeholdersInternational dimension supported by British Council2009 event attended by 35 Ministers
20BETT Exhibition and Conference Study Tour, London, UK 10-15 January 2010 Focus on innovation in educationAnnual event, includes a major skills componentConference, exhibition, educational institutional visits, networking events2009 event attended by 70 British Council sponsored delegates from 14 countries
21International Employer Engagement Event, Cairo, Egypt February 2010 Focus on building links between education and employers in the Near East and North AfricaSenior level conferenceParticipants from countries in the regionOutstanding networking opportunityFacilitated by UK experts in Employer EngagementShowcase of good international practice
22Skills Framework Conference, Cairo, Egypt 22-24 March 2009 Focus on Skills Framework developmentSenior level conference150 participants from countries in the regionWide range of international speakers
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