Our work with government
We work with the British and Chinese governments to advance vocational education policy in both countries.
We host a series of UK-China policy dialogues, bringing together senior decision makers to discuss new solutions to common skills challenges.
We also manage the vocational education strand of UK-China Partners in Education (UKCPIE), a bilateral initiative between the British and Chinese governments. Under this initiative, we work with the British Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security to advance policy in a range of areas including curriculum development, apprenticeships and vocational standards and classification.
Our work with employers
Employers are at the centre of our Skills programme and we engage with them in a number of ways. For example:
- Chery Jaguar Land Rover and Tingtong Logistics are two of the enterprises who are piloting UK apprenticeship models in China, incorporating the UK’s quality assurance and competency-based assessment systems to ensure that graduating apprentices are well equipped to meet the needs of the workplace.
- MetLife and their long-term partner Walsall College are supporting Qingdao Technician College in designing a call centre management programme that will train young people in marketing, sales, communications and IT.
- Guangdong Sanxiang Teaching Apparatus Co. worked with us as a sponsor of the WorldSkills Expert Forum & Workshop in Chongqing and Xi’an. The event gave them a large platform on which to promote their cutting edge products.
If you are an employer interested in partnering with us, please contact us.
Our work with colleges
Our wide ranging work with colleges includes principal exchanges, apprenticeship pilots and mini skills competitions, as well as the formal skills partnerships that form the backbone of much of what we do.
The British Council is a global leader in developing international partnerships between vocational colleges.
Our partnerships develop innovative new approaches to skills delivery, advance the internationalisation of vocational education sectors and provide commercial opportunities to both sides. We invest considerable time in understanding the needs of partners and provide constant support and guidance to both partners.
We have set up over a dozen partnerships in China over the last two years. For more information on our partnership opportunities, please visit our global site.
If you are a college looking to get involved in any of our projects, please contact us.
Our work with students
We directly engage with young people and vocational students through are work with colleges and in skills competitions.
Our Skills Roadshows bring British champions of skills competitions to engage with Chinese students, giving them skills demonstrations, taster sessions and an opportunity to take part in mini-competitions.
We raise the profile of vocational education and show students just what can be achieved with hard work and skill mastery.
You can download our programme brochure or subscribe to our e-newsletter to find more about our work.