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British Council

We create opportunities to enhance the skills and employability of  young people leveraging on the UK’s experience, knowledge and expertise.

Fast Forward

Fast Forward is an action research pilot project co-funded by British Council and MacArthur Foundation and implemented by LEAP Africa. It has been designed to assess a model for teaching employability skills in public secondary schools within Cross Rivers, Lagos and Rivers State.

Across the three states, 300 teachers and 20 school administrators across 20 government schools have been trained on how to covertly infuse 21st century skills in learners while delivering their normal curriculum. It is expected that these skills would build students capabilities for innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and team working while preparing them for future work opportunities as well as reducing drop – out rate.

As part of the project experience, opportunities would be provided for students from participating schools to take up 2weeks non-paid internships with reputable organizations to further consolidate their classroom experience. 

The project would forge or support partnerships between schools, students and employers and influence future policy making in Education and Skills in Nigeria.

Skills Policy Dialogue Seminar

Skills Policy Dialogue Seminar offer opportunities for experts and policy makers from around the world to gain invaluable insight into the UK skills system and share best practices.

Through a combination of lectures, workshops, discussions and visits to leading UK educational organizations and employers, participants gain firsthand experience of the UK skills sector while exploring global priorities such as technical vocational education and training (TVET) for skills and employability. 

Upcoming skills dialogue seminars: 

14–16 June 2017: London, England

This seminar will focus on engaging different groups in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Inclusion will be addressed in its broadest sense, and we will look at various factors that can result in marginalisation from vocational occupations including gender, disability, socio-economic background and geography. We will also consider innovative programmes underway to engage these groups and reflect on which policies can enable more inclusive engagement in TVET. 

November 2017: England

This event will address the esteem of vocational education in the minds of young people, parents and wider society. Participants will gain an insight into how the UK careers advice system works and the initiatives underway to promote vocational employment paths. An interactive programme will allow delegates to share best practice while visits to employers and training providers will also feature in the programme. 

6–8 March 2018: Cardiff, Wales

During this seminar, delegates will be introduced to the apprenticeship system in Wales and provided with the opportunity to reflect on the benefits of work-based learning. More broadly, issues relating to the role of employers in delivering and designing training will be explored and visits to businesses, independent training providers and colleges will also take place.