English for Employability
English for Employability conference group photo ©

British Council

English for Employability is a national project run by l’Agence Tunisienne de la Formation Professionnelle (ATFP) and the British Council as part of the reform of the national vocational training system initiated by the Ministry of Vocational Training and Employability. The Ministry’s 2014-2018 reform sets out to improve the quality of training and make it more relevant to the needs of businesses, individuals and society.

The aim of English for Employability is to improve the English language levels and employment prospects of interns in the vocational training sector.

Together, British Council and ATFP will train and certify all English language trainers using international teacher training standards.  This will improve their teaching practices and help in the establishment of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) system. The CPD system could be used as a benchmark by other practitioners in the vocational sector.

Evidence shows that English leads to greater opportunities in pursuit of academic and career goals, social empowerment, security and stability. All vocational trainers across disciplines will benefit from blended English language courses and a recognized English language proficiency certification (Aptis) via the LearnEnglish Connect programme. Interns will also take the Aptis exam which will improve their employability and career advancement prospects.

The first 2011-2012 phase of the project, funded by the Arab Partnership Initiative of the UK government via the British Embassy Tunis, enabled 15 ATFP trainers to become master trainers. They created and led an innovative CPD programme that enabled the training and certification of all English language trainers around the country. Currently, master trainers are delivering the blended English language courses to their colleagues.

The current project will span over 4 years from 2016- 2020 and will consist of four main activities:

  • Further teacher training and certification of all English language trainers
  • English language training and certification of all 4200 trainers across disciplines
  • Accreditation of Aptis certification centres
  • Aptis certification for up to 50,000 interns (BTS/BTP)

Provisional Activity timeline

Dates Activity
September 2016 - December 2017  Training of all English language trainers
October 2016- December 2020 Training and certification of all trainers across disciplines
April 2017 – December 2017 Accreditation of Aptis centres
June 2017- December 2020 Aptis certification for trainees (BTS/BTP)

Below are the following resources:

  • Photos from the launch event.
  • The recently launched English & Soft Skills in the Maghreb research report in English and French.
  • A research report on the relationship between English and employability in the Middle East and North Africa. 

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