Series of articles from leading UK and international experts on skills, entrepreneurship and employment.

The articles give insights into some of the challenges and issues faced in Eastern and Southern Europe and Central Asia. They address several themes: 

  • How can education providers and industry better co-operate together?
  • How does teaching and learning need to change in order to better equip young people for future employment and business success?
  • What role can universities and colleges play in better preparing young people for future success?
  • How important is social inclusion?


Vivienne Stern, Director of the UK Higher Education International Unit outlines the importance UK universities attach to employability. 

Professor Gina Rippon, Pro Vice Chancellor at Aston University gives specific examples of the ways in which her university helps prepare young people for the world of work. 

Aaron Porter, Director External Relations outlines the work of the National Centre for Universities and Business in the UK. 

Anthony Gribben, Strategic Project Leader at European Training Foundation identifies a gap in careers’ guidance.

John Mountford, International Director, Association of Colleges outlines how the Technical and Vocational Education system in England, with industry involvement throughout, helps prepare young people for the world of work.

Fintan Donohue OBE, CEO Gazelle Colleges challenges traditional vocational education and training and argues for a brand new approach that puts entrepreneurship at the heart of college experience.

British Council’s Ivana Aleksic outlines some of the particular issues facing young people in South East Europe. 

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