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1 Taking the Next Steps: International Skills Partnerships Neil Shaw, British Council

2 Possible outcomes/outputs from your study visit Improved understanding of key themes Improved understanding of how to deliver against your objectives New or enhanced relationships with fellow delegates New or enhanced relationships with UK organisations Commercial agreements with UK organisations Future policy dialogue opportunities with UK dimension Skills partnerships, facilitated by British Council between selected organisations in your country and the UK to deliver against your objectives

3 What might you want to achieve next? Build sector skills organisations to support development of industry-led fit-for-purpose training Design and implement tailored processes and build capacity to assure quality of training institutions Develop apprenticeship models that can be rolled out nationally to address skills gaps Develop and implement a national careers guidance strategy Address ghettoisation of skills and change perceptions, including by development of progression routes Develop modern curricula that prepare students for 21 st century workplace

4 British Council International Skills Partnerships Established in partnership between British Council and in-country delivery partner organisation Facilitated, managed, monitored, evaluated and supported by British Council Skills partnerships based on sharing knowledge, experience, expertise and delivering mutual benefit Enable the development of innovative models of practice that can be rolled out nationally Deliver against output-focussed project plan with defined milestones and funding contingent on results and impact Supported for up to three years with a view to becoming self-sustaining New programme to expand international partnerships

5 Why British Council International Skills Partnerships? Over 75 years of delivering international educational partnerships Over 70 international skills partnerships with over 30 countries since 2008 in wide range of sectors and themes Ready access to a comprehensive range of internationally renowned UK skills experts and organisations in fields where UK is a world leader Unrivalled international network and deep understanding of local environments and skills priorities Expertise in impact-led planning, monitoring and evaluation Technical expertise - dedicated skills team

6 Why British Council International Skills Partnerships? Help ministries and other bodies to meet their skills objectives Tailored to countrys skills needs, and priority sectors and themes Focussed on delivering positive change and impact on an individual, institutional and ultimately national level Fully supported by British Council in country as well as in the UK Emphasis on sustainable, mutually beneficial collaboration rather than short-term commercial opportunities Motivated UK organisations, contributing major in-kind costs including staff time Integrated with policy development

7 What do our partnerships say? International skills partnerships are the most effective kind of staff development in the world. Joanne Wallace | Head of International Collaboration and Partnerships | Bradford College | UK Our partnership project far exceeded expectations of all three colleges involved. It opened doors to sustainable development within our reach and beyond. Hanadi Al Suwaidi | Director | Sharjah Institute of Technology | UAE I have never seen an organisation be so helpful in supporting partnership development as British Council in China. Tayebeh Kazempour | Associate Director of International Partnerships | Hackney Community College | UK

8 What do our partnerships say? The British Councils support and technical assistance has played a very important role in creating awareness and emphasising the need for the public sector to engage industry and employers in the training systems. Syed Nazar Ali | Director Vocational Operation | Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority | Pakistan Our institutes strategy has changed as a result of our international partnership. We now have wider ambitions for change. Mansour Ahmed Ali Mana | Dean | Technical Institute | Yemen International partnerships are the future of education. Marion Plant | Principal | North Warwickshire and Hinckley College | UK

9 Organisations participating in skills partnerships Colleges, universities, employers, awarding bodies, skills agencies, sector skills organisations Selected by competitive process managed by British Council Respected UK organisations - OFSTED rating requirement for colleges Consortium approach to deliver joined-up offer

10 Examples of partnership projects Supporting the development and capacity- building of new national sector skills organisations Supporting the implementation of quality assurance methodologies in training institutions and delivering related capacity building of staff to improving the quality of training Designing new cross-sectoral enterprise curricula and delivering national entrepreneurship competitions for young people Supporting the implementation of national careers guidance strategies through the development of centres of excellence

11 Partnership Process British Council skills partnership team in- country and the UK can manage all stages of the process Key in-country delivery partner can be as involved desired








19 Delivering impactful partnership projects Monthly/bi-monthly progress tele-/video- conferences, in-country and UK 6-monthly formal reporting – funding contingent on performance Issuing grant payments and managing all financial aspects including assessing partnerships financial reports Expert assessment panels Integration with other partnerships Mentoring scheme Brokering networking opportunities Providing support and guidance on building sustainability, maximising impact, creating new opportunities Providing support and guidance on publicity, dissemination Overseeing development of case studies

20 Partnership Funding Model Facilitation, management, monitoring, evaluation and support at all stages of all partnerships Grants to partnership, essentially to support mobility typically £15-20k per partnership per year In-kind contribution, primarily staff time, typically £15-20k per partnership per year PARTNERSHIP ORGANISATION IN-COUNTRY DELIVERY PARTNER BRITISH COUNCIL

21 Next steps Please fill out the international skills partnership form Form asks about priorities and requirements British Council will then follow up with you shortly

22 Neil Shaw Adviser, Skills Partnerships British Council Partnership Pages

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