We are seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified and experienced suppliers to undertake a survey to understand current activities, assets and ambitions for internationalisation within the Further Education sector in Wales as well as a complementary piece outlining its key policy areas and strengths.

The landscape of opportunities for internationalisation for the Further Education sector in Wales is changing. The UK Government has also set ambitions for growth in international education through its international education strategy. These and other complementary factors could present additional opportunities for the Welsh Further Education sector.  

We propose to commission a piece of baseline research to establish the current internationalisation activities, assets and ambitions of Further Education colleges in Wales in order to:

  • Understand the baseline position – the existing strengths and capabilities in the sector.
  • Articulate and communicate the Welsh Further Education internationalisation offer to stakeholders and audiences in Wales, the UK and internationally.
  • Explore which processes and structures would need to be in place to support the development of internationalisation in the sector in a post-Brexit environment.

Timeline

  • 10 February 2020, 23:59: Request for proposals issued to bidding suppliers  
  • 16 February 2020, 23.59: Deadline for clarification questions
  • 21 February 2020, 17.00: British Council to respond to clarification questions 
  • 10 March 2020, 23:59: Final decision
  • 13 March 2020, 23:59: Contract signed with winning supplier 
  • 16 March 2020, 23:59: Contract start date

Queries
If you have any queries please contact TeamWales@britishcouncil.org before 23.59 on 16 February 2020.

How to apply
Please download the request for proposals document and budget annex from the downloads section below. 

You must complete:

  • Annex 3 - supplier proposal, which is on Page 45 of the requests for proposals document
  • Annex 4, Budget annex on the Excel spreadsheet

Please also read carefully through Annex 1 and Annex 2 of the document, as they outline the terms of the contract.

Please submit the completed request for proposals and budget annex by 23:59 on 28 February 2020 via email to TeamWales@britishcouncil.org

Approach and methodology

The research team will be expected to work with us to define the detailed parameters and methodology for the project. Themes of the research would include, but would not be limited to the following:

  • Current international projects 
  • Students and staff exchange / mobility opportunities
  • International recruitment 
  • Numbers of dedicated staff / staff with internationalisation as a key part of their role
  • Ambition or strategy for internationalisation within the college
  • Areas of support requested by the colleges to realise their international ambitions

Policy distinctiveness and strengths

This piece of research should also include a separate but complementary paper (four - six pages) which outlines the key policy themes / areas for FE/TVET in Wales. This document will inform our overseas colleagues and international partners about the key structural and policy areas for FE/TVET in Wales so that they understand how Wales differs from the rest of the UK and where the key strengths and areas of best practice are.

This could cover: 

Brief overview of the sector including

  • Why it is important to Wales i.e. workforce development /skills gaps / employment etc.
  • Challenges / opportunities facing the sector

 Key policy themes for TVET in Wales including for instance:

  • Structure
  • Current and future governance and funding
  • Employer/industry engagement
  • Qualifications development 
  • International aspirations – sharing best practice

The report should finally include a section outlining a set of conclusions and a brief look forward.

Deliverables

The Supplier shall complete the study by the end of April 2020 (to be discussed with British Council Wales) and will produce the following outputs: 

  • A final draft report that includes: an executive summary, full analysis of core components by April 2020.  It is envisaged that the final report will be around 4,000-8,000 words. 
  • A PowerPoint presentation summarising the research methodology used and any findings and recommendations.