Skills Seminar October 2018
The Northern Ireland Story: Building a quality TVET offer in a post-conflict society
When: 16 – 18 October 2018
Where: Belfast, Northern Ireland
We are in the process of finalising the programme for this event which will focus on developing a quality TVET offer in a challenging context. This seminar provides a really good opportunity to build on established partnerships in Skills and to engage new contacts in our skills work. The seminars are a really cost effective way of engaging in the skills agenda which is of increasing importance globally.
The Skills Sector in Northern Ireland has for a number of years been working to deliver positive economic and social outcomes for all who take up vocational education. This is against a historical backdrop of conflict and fractured communities. Through this event we will look at how the Northern Irish Skills Sector has overcome these obstacles to shape a quality TVET offer that supports social cohesion and economic growth. This event will have a particular emphasis on building quality TVET from challenging contexts and will be especially suitable for delegates tackling challenges around engaging different demographics and stakeholder coordination.
During the seminar we will explore the following questions:
• What purpose does technical and vocational training serve and how do we deliver this?
• How can we create a system where different stakeholders, including employers and community groups work together effectively?
• What does a quality learning space look like and how do we create excellent environments for teaching and learning?
• How can you as a policy maker enable autonomy but ensure quality and cohesion?
• How can we ensure that diverse groups of learners from a range of backgrounds can access quality training equally?
• How do we measure success from both a social and economic perspective?
The programme will also feature:
• Visits to employers
• Visits to independent training providers and colleges
• Expert speakers
• Interactive workshops
• A networking dinner
Participants will leave with an improved knowledge and understanding of effective practice in delivering quality TVET provision for diverse groups of learners and insight into policy setting and implementation models.
More specifically, we will provide:
• an introduction to managing and encouraging quality provision in challenging contexts
• ideas for policy changes and interventions to contribute to system reform
• time to reflect on the different stakeholders and groups engaged in TVET and the functions they can and do serve
Who should attend?
This event will focus on delivering high quality TVET in challenging circumstances and how to connect different stakeholders in a joint vision. It will therefore be most suitable for leaders and policy makers seeking to understand and discuss innovative practice in this area. Each delegate must have the support of their local British Council office.
£700 includes three nights’ accommodation in a four-star hotel, all transport during the seminar, breakfast and lunch on the 16, 17 and 18 October and a stakeholder dinner on the 17th.
You can register here.The deadline for registering is Friday 7 September 2018. However, if you are likely to register delegates for this seminar, we would appreciate your getting in touch to let us know estimates of numbers as soon as possible. We are also happy to share a draft programme on request.