Working with our partners we reach millions of people worldwide. Here are some of our success stories.
English for Ukrainian government
To meet the ambition of Ukraine for closer integration with the European Union, we designed a tailor-made English language course for civil servants.
In only six months almost 800 state employees have learnt how to give presentations, participate in meetings and negotiations, write business correspondence and socialise with their counterparts from abroad.
Our extensive experience in tailoring courses to partners’ needs is key to successful language acquisition.
“Thank you for the English language course. It has noticeably improved my English. Globalization means that English is obligatory, especially for the Parliament staff” - student, Parliament of Ukraine.
Partners: The Verkhovna Rada (the Parliament), The Cabinet of Ministers, The Administration of the President, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Ministry of Justice, The Ministry of Internal Affairs, The National Bank of Ukraine, The National Academy of Public Administration, The Diplomatic Academy, Civil Service Agency.
New Writing with the Royal Court Theatre
18 months of hard work finally bears fruit. In March 2011 the British Council Ukraine and Georgia initiated the Royal Court developmental programme for emerging playwrights. Through an open competition seven of them were selected to start collaborating with the Royal Court team. They quickly turned from simply being British Council project participants into devoted, committed and reliable project partners. The results of this collaboration have exceeded all possible expectations – UK Directors staged readings of three Ukrainian plays for Kyiv and London audiences and one of them - Take. Love. Run. by Oksana Savchenko - is currently in production.
From Kyiv via London and back home again. The full length production. In Ukrainian, for Ukrainians, about life in Ukraine.
Partners: Royal Court Theatre, Kyiv Molody Theatre
Social Enterprise Development Programme
There is enormous interest in social enterprise in Ukraine and the British Council has secured a unique role in facilitating connections, development opportunities and access to UK expertise for social entrepreneurs here.
From 2010 to 2013 we continuously provided the best of UK expertise in the field, developed strong partnerships and created a network of social entrepreneurs supported by four regional centres. We successfully trained 20 participants who can now consult and train social entrepreneurs in Ukraine, and by doing so have provided a sustainable basis for the project to be developed by our partners and adopted by Ukrainian society.
Partners: East Europe Foundation, Erste Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ukrainian Fund of Support to Entrepreneurship, International Renaissance Foundation
More information on Social Enterprise in Ukraine
The Skills for Employability project
The Skills for Employability project started in Ukraine back in 2009 as a response to Ukraine’s skills agenda: employers voiced their concerns regarding skills gaps on the labour market and the lack of a coherent national skills strategy which would impact educational decisions at all levels.
The project that spans three years has developed into a fully fledged UK-Ukraine Dialogues programme which has brought together the Ukrainian government, education and industry and their UK counterparts to rethink professional education from a skills-for-growth and personal development perspective.
It was a fruitful journey which gave the Ukrainian partners the knowledge and inspiration they needed to launch an institutional reform. New legislation came into force which identified the concept and role of sectoral skills organisations (July 2012); the first ever sector skills council was set up in the metals and mining sector (September 2012).
The British Council has partnered with System Capital Management (SCM), one of the biggest national employers and the Ministry of Education and Science to work on The Skills Passport project to define eight pilot job profiles standards (in steel sector, energy and journalism) in terms of relevant competences, national occupational standards and desirable higher skills qualifications. Starting from 1 September 2013, 23 universities and academies in 9 Ukrainian regions willing to join Skills Passport have applied the new standards. More information about the Skills Passport project might be found on SCM site.
Partners: System Capital Management, the Ministry of Education, Science, Youth and Sport, Confederation of Employers of Ukraine and the analytical centre BEST.