As a cultural relations organisation with one of the core values being that of mutuality, the skills division of the British Council aims to create common platforms of association between India and the UK through partnerships, collaborations and expert networks so as to help bridge the skills gap and create employable skills among the workforce. 

In the GLOBAL ARENA, our efforts revolve around improving skills systems, strengthening skill bodies, developing teaching and learning of skills and supporting employment and enterprise. These are done through the British Council’s network of expertise and international skill partnerships which aim to deliver highly cost effective ways of transforming educational systems. Seminars, study tours and policy dialogues are used as a platform to share experience and good practices from the UK.  Also, global success stories are showcased regularly in order to highlight the ways in which the British Council has made a positive impact in increasing employer engagement, encouraging entrepreneurship and promoting innovation. To know more about our global initiatives, click here.

Because of the all-encompassing nature of the skilling sector, our approach is to collaborate and work with various other teams so as to coalesce the efforts and bring together a range of expertise and knowledge to this segment. 

In INDIA, we provide a number of platforms to promote inter sectorial collaboration and engagements. This is done through Research, Study Tours, Partnerships and Projects. 

With English language being a key skill for employability in the country, the skills team works extensively with the English team to promote the skilling agenda. To get more details of the work undertaken by the English team to promote employability, click here.

A major part of the funds to support emerging partnerships in the skills segment is provided by the UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI). To know more about UKIERI, please log on to