Students learning employable skills in a technical and vocational training institute
Students learning employable skills in a technical and vocational training institute ©

British Council

Skills for Employability (SFE) aims to promote skills development and innovation. We do this by encouraging closer links between the education system, employers and policymakers, and partnering schools in Yemen and the UK.

A partnership between Hoban Technical Institute and Dudley College is enabling students across Yemen to develop new skills that will help to boost their employment opportunities.

Despite delays due to security issues, the teams developed and implemented a robust, employer focussed quality assurance (QA) system into Hoban Technical Institute.  Based on the UK model, the system was originally only developed for engineering courses within the Institute; however its success led to the Yemeni government asking for it to be rolled out across the country.

The first student union in vocational education in Yemen was established at Hoban Technical Institute where more than 500 students cast their votes for the first Students' Reps election. This was inspired by Dudley College and has become the model for all vocational institutes across the country. 

Elham Al-Gohaly, Skills for Employability project assistant, said:

"The role of students unions in providing effective student engagement is very important as part of the quality assurance project. It is about treating students as partners in their education and openly encouraging them to participate in the management and development of all aspects of learning and teaching."

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