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Partner Briefing No 40 - January 2003


Applications are called for the final programme for a three month placement of FET college managers from South Africa in UK colleges. The prospectus will be available from mid February.

Due to budgetary factors and the impact on the fund by the foreign exchange rate since the start of the programme places will be prioritised to ensure that at least one fellow in each of the new colleges has participated. In 2003 we are therefore expecting to host fourteen SA managers and it is likely that the matching will be influenced by the fact that their institutions are unlikely to be large metropolitan colleges.

Botswana recently expressed a strong interest in the fellowship and the possibilities of participating in the 2003 programme. Whilst discussions are at an early stage it would be helpful if you could let us know if you agree to be considered for one or both countries.

Colleges who are interested in participating in the programme should forward requests for the prospectus/application pack by email to Daniel Smith or telephone 020 7389 4340 as soon as possible.

The closing date for completed applications is Monday, 31st March 2003. The fellows will be interviewed and the selection agreed in liaison with the South African national Department of Education and the National Business Initiative, Colleges Collaboration Fund, by the end of April. Final selection and matching processes will be completed by the week beginning 12 May 2003.

The mentor from the UK selected colleges must be able to visit South Africa for one week departing 28 June. Principals and mentors will be invited to a pre-departure briefing in London on 19 June 2003. The fellows’ placement in the UK will run from the last week in August to the end of November in 2003.

A new brochure with information and experiences taken from the third year of the programme will be circulated to all applicants and will also be available separately if desired. Please email Daniel Smith to request your copy.


CEDEFOP (Centre Européen pour développement de la formation professionelle / European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) is a European Union funded programme that organises study tours for people involved in vocational and education training. These tours take place in a variety of European countries (EU and non-EU countries) and normally last for five days. Participants receive a grant towards the costs of taking part in their chosen study visit. The aim of the visits is to share knowledge and best practice in specific areas of vocational training.

The deadline for the first semester 2003 has already passed. But we are looking for applicants for the second semester 2003. These courses are detailed in the second part of the attached catalogue.

Applicants should be involved in vocational and education training. Previous participants have come from a variety of areas including teaching, inspection, policy making, accreditation, employment, trade unions and research.

Applicants must be resident in the United Kingdom, but do not necessarily have to be British citizens.

An application will be deemed ineligible if the applicant has taken part in a CEDEFOP visit in the last two years or is due to take part in a visit in the first semester of 2003.

In order to apply, applicants should complete the application form (including an original signature) and send it by post to:

Stuart Scott
Education and Training Group
The British Council
10 Spring Gardens

Applications must be received by Thursday 27th February 2003.

For further information on CEDEFOP please see the CEDEFOP catalogue or visit the following websites:



or contact

Stuart Scott
Education and Training Group
The British Council
Email: stuart.scott@britishcouncil.org
Tel: 020 7389 4736
Fax: 020 7389 4426

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