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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 Summary of potential outcomes/outputs: this presentation will focus on the last of these

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 21st century workplace These are just examples – there may be others

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 This slide focuses on the fundamentals of international skills partnerships The types of organisations participating in partnerships are dealt with in another slide below The last point is that British Council is now looking to roll out its tried-and-tested partnership model more widely

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 This slide focusses on the added value British Council brings

6 Why British Council International Skills Partnerships?
Help ministries and other bodies to meet their skills objectives Tailored to country’s 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 This slide focuses on the key benefits to the external partner organisations

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 Quotes focussing on: Capacity building and motivation Delivering for institutions and opening up new opportunities British Council’s unrivalled contribution

8 What do our partnerships say?
The British Council’s 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 institute’s 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 Quotes focussing on: Changing the wider culture Inspiring organisations and stimulating ambition Recognising that we live in an increasingly global world, that we can learn from one another, and that we need to prepare young people for this interconnected world

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 Re third point – OFSTED rating of 1 or 2 required for colleges to participate

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 Examples: In Egypt, partnering UK SSOs with counterpart organisations with a key element of building capacity in the area of strategic development and LMI In Yemen, in a programme that is being rolled out nationally In a number of countries In Tunisia but also in other countries

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

12 Flowchart slides just designed to be flicked through to convey that we have a detailed and refined process - no other narrative requied







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 This slide highlights key aspects of the process and what BC does to ensure partnerships deliver maximum impact On first point: frequency is defined by performance – typically bi-monthly (8 weekly) but if a partnership is underperforming then monthly On fifth point: achieved, for example, through coordinated inward and outward visits On sixth point: experienced partnerships mentoring new partnerships from the start On seventh point: including networking opportunities with key UK organisations On tenth point: sharing the learning, avoiding unnecessary duplication, inspiring new and prospective partnerships

20 Partnership Funding Model
In-kind contribution, primarily staff time, typically £15-20k per partnership per year PARTNERSHIP ORGANISATION Grants to partnership, essentially to support mobility typically £15-20k per partnership per year IN-COUNTRY DELIVERY PARTNER British Council provides all facilitation, management, monitoring, evaluation and support at all stages of the partnership process – all costs of this met by British Council – estimated value £5k-£7k per partnership per year In-country delivery partner provides grant to partnership, essentially to support mobility – typically £15-20k per partnership per year Partnership provides matching in-kind costs, primarily staff time – equivalent to the partnership grant Facilitation, management, monitoring, evaluation and support at all stages of all partnerships 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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