Welcome to this first edition of Vocational Education Exchange, the British Council’s new initiative for teachers and leaders interested in vocational education and skills.
Vocational Education Exchange Magazine October 2016
Whether you’re a teacher at a vocational education secondary school, a college leader, or a lecturer of vocational courses, these pages provide an opportunity to share perspectives and learn new approaches to vocational education.
We speak face-to-face with a college principal, student and curriculum manager from Harrow College as they share their views on vocational education and the challenges ahead.
You'd be surprised to know that teachers at UK schools, colleges and universities face similar vocational education challenges as their colleagues in Kazakhstan. John Mountford shares his UK side of the story.
In last 20 years, Kazakhstan’s technical and vocational education and training system has experienced distortion, lack of investment and loss of connections with employers. Today, the country still suffers from deficit of skilled technical personnel, and government is taking bold actions to improve the attractiveness of TVET and increase the involvement of employers in the educational process. As one of these actions, Kazakhstan recently joined World Skills and conducted first national championship, which brought together employers and TVET educators.
A recent National Foundation for Educational Research report highlights what technical and vocational education should look like and how it can be understood and applied.
Every month we will provide you with practical materials and links to interesting, useful resources and articles.