International Partnerships

Bringing the Learning Home is British Council’s annual International Skills Partnerships Seminar.

Alternating between the UK and major international cities, it is designed for our established international partnerships

and other organisations from around the world interested in addressing skill challenges through international collaboration.

The event includes inspiring plenary presentations, interactive capacity-building workshops and outstanding international networking opportunities. It also sees the announcement of a global call for new partnerships, and the unveiling of our International Skills Partnerships Awards.

Bringing the Learning Home 2016

Bringing the Learning Home, the British Council’s annual flagship skills event, took place in Amman, Jordan on 28-29 November. More than sixty skills experts and practitioners from around the world were gathered together for a stimulating and inspirational programme of discussions and interactive workshops. The seminar provided a platform for forging new relationships, enhancing existing projects, and celebrating successful international collaboration. This year, the programme explored the following theme: building the resilience of young people by enhancing their employability – a topic of relevance for all the participants.

International Skills Partnerships are funded and supported by the British Council to facilitate cost-effective ways of transforming vocational education systems through projects developed by the UK and overseas institutions. Bringing the Learning Home unites representatives from these projects and launches opportunities for new partnerships.

This year’s event was attended by delegates from Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK. Attendees shared innovative practice and explored how best to prepare the future workforce. The programme included a visit to the Jordan Applied University College of Hospitality and Tourism Education and the delegates had the opportunity to work together, and with the British Council, to further develop current projects and lay the foundations for future international work.

The seminar concluded with the International Skills Partnerships Awards Dinner, a celebration of particularly successful projects. This year, achievement was recognised in three categories: Innovation within the Project Proposal, Creating Positive Change for Young People, and Sustainable Collaboration. A partnership between Westminster Kingsway College and the Multidisciplinary College in Kazakhstan was awarded the prize for the first category, while the second was received by West Lothian College, Coleg Gwent, Coleg y Cymoedd, BAYTI and AIDA; this consortium of organisations recently completed an outstanding project in Morocco.

The final award was presented to a project currently being carried out by Canterbury College, Maluti TVET College and Flavius Mareka TVET College in South Africa.

Following the seminar, the impact of the relationships forged and collaborative projects developed will continue to address skills challenges and enhance the employability of young people.

You can download the Report on the visit to Canterbury College HERE

You can download information on the Enterprise Challenge HERE