Welcome to the first edition of Vocational Education Exchange, the British Council’s new initiative for teachers and leaders interested in vocational education and skills.

Given the fact that youth employment issues are becoming increasingly important in Kazakhstan, we thought this magazine will be a great place for publication of news in vocational education and skills development, and we hope you will too. Teachers in Kazakhstan tell us that they would like more opportunity to get perspectives from the UK, discuss their own challenges with others and get ideas on how they can help young people improve their employment prospects. At the same time, teachers and principals in vocational education in the UK have gone through many of the same journeys as colleagues in Kazakhstan. They also wish to engage with others around the world and if possible provide an opportunity for their students to do so as well.

And that’s what Vocational Education Exchange is looking to provide.

This month we take a broad look into Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and ask about some of the challenges that currently exist. We also offer a gentle introduction to the magazine and what we hope to achieve over the coming months. Read on to find out more and learn how you can get involved in future issues.

Contact us

If you are interested in sharing your opinions or ideas about the professional education, please contact our Education team in Almaty: +7 727 244 41 44; or in Astana: +7 7172 552 077, or email our team at vee.kz@britishcouncil.org.

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