British Council,  Motheo TVET College and Warwickshire College Group

The British Council

The British Council is ‘the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.’ It works in over 100 countries, creating friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


Partnership Background

Through their Skills for Employability programme, British Council establishes International Skills partnerships (ISPs) between the United Kingdom, Further Education (FE) colleges and South African Geneva, LP, South Africa and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges for the sharing of best practice, knowledge and experience on skills development.  These ISPs move through 3 phase of the programme, the Foundational phase, Advanced phase and Legacy phase. By the end of the Advanced phase, the expectation is that they will have seen value in their collaboration and results shared with relevant stakeholders that they become a self-sustaining partnership in the legacy phase.  They also provide UK and SA Colleges’ leaders with a leadership exchange opportunity to learn from each other on how to run efficient institutions.

 In 2015, Motheo TVET College entered the ISPs as part of an Advanced Partnership between Coleg Gwent in UK and Northlink TVET College, Cape Town.  Valuable best practices were shared on Renewable Energy Training NQF Levels 2 – 4 and Motheo received mentorship on how to run a successful ISP.  Implementation was done at Hillside View and Thaba’Nchu  Campuses.


Motheo TVET College visited Northlink College as part of the sharing of best practices. In this visit the lecturers learnt about the renewable Energy Programme offered. Coming back to the college the presentation was made to the college management and GIZ was invited to beef up the notion. The college has then introduced the NCV programme.

The college was also introduced, in the same year, to West Lothian under the Leadership Exchange programme and from this relationship came the commercialization of the Hospitality and Tourism provision at Motheo (rephrase if required)


Having been mentored by Coleg Gwent and Northlink colleges on how to run successful ISPs, Motheo was introduced to the Warwickshire College Group (WCG) in June 2016 and subsequently a Foundation partnership established in August 2016 in the subject area of Hair and Beauty.


The objectives of the project include Improving recruitment and retention rates of Motheo TVET College faculty of Hair Dressing and Beauty Technology through the development of a recruitment strategy, an employer engagement strategy  and an accredited state of the Hair and beauty salon, following international standards.The commercializations of the training programme in preparing learners for employability on completion of the course is one of the objectives of the project.


Benefits of the Foundation Partnership

The benefits of the relationship for both vocational colleges are as follows:

Warwickshire College Group  UK (WCG)

Motheo TVET College, Free State, South Africa

Increasing knowledge of International work and establish a framework to support similar projects

Increase in recruitment figures – Star 2017 project

Promotion of WCG’s Hair and Beauty provision

Commercialization project implementation

Sharing of best practices platform

Employer Engagement

International Publicity

International Publicity


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