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Partner Briefing No 41 - February/March 2003


Vocational Partnerships has been working with Trade Partners UK to plan the promotion of education and training providers in the oil and gas sector.

Whilst the first campaign in 2002 centred on Brazil. The second in 2003 aims to investigate the potential of the Saudi Arabian technical vocational training market.

The results of a study commissioned by Trade Partners UK from Univation (the commercial company of The Robert Gordon University) were launched in Aberdeen, Newcastle and London in March. These seminars were advertised locally and also on the British Council’s Global Education Training and Information Service (GETIS) and were well attended.

The discussion at the workshops focused on how the UK could present a coherent response to the requests made by Aramco and other potential customers for UK participation in the Saudi market; a response that would reflect the capacity of both large and small providers delivering both academic and skills-related products.

In accordance with the wishes of the majority of delegates, a concerted approach by TPUK and the British Council is now being developed in order to maximise the UK's participation in the market.

Please note that the oil & gas directory of education and training providers is in the process of being updated and discussions are ongoing with COGENT about accessibility on line. Further details will be announced when available.

If you have any queries or comments, please contact Peter Clack at peter.clack@britishcouncil.org


This Conference will be taking place from 27-30 October 2003 in Edinburgh. It will be attended by Education Ministers, academics, educationalists and young people from across the Commonwealth. The theme is Closing the Gap - Access, Inclusion and Achievement, and there will be three parts to the event:

  • the Ministers Conference which brings Commonwealth Education
    Ministers together to discuss issues around the main theme.
  • the Parallel Symposium, organised by the British Council,
    which will be attended by representatives from Commonwealth
    academic institutions, non-government organisations, public
    and private sector.

  • a Showcase of Best Practice and the very first Youth Education

Local Education Authorities and schools are being asked to nominate examples of best practice from their areas, and to host young people and delegates for the Summit.

For more information please see the conference website
e-mail 15ccem@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
for the Ministerial Conference and Showcase/Youth Summit
e-mail 15ccem@britishcouncil.org
for the Parallel Symposium


For details of our annual conference "International Skills Partnerships: Winning International Business through Education and Training" and a seminar for overseas British Council staff we organised, please see the conference and seminar report.

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