Social enterprise is seen as a more sustainable way of doing business. Still from British Council video: Social Enterprise in East Asia.

Social enterprise is seen as a more sustainable way of doing business. Still from British Council video: Social Enterprise in East Asia.

Social enterprise is seen as a more sustainable way of doing business. Still from British Council video: Social Enterprise in East Asia.

With economic pressures and calls for alternative ways of doing business prevalent in Europe, the British Council's Simon Ingram-Hill, who attended the European Commission event 'Social Entrepreneurs: Have Your Say' in Strasbourg last Friday, explains why the political class almost unanimously welcomes the idea of social enterprise.

Photo by marcia taylor on Flickr / Creative Commons licence

Photo by marcia taylor on Flickr / Creative Commons licence

Photo by marcia taylor on Flickr / Creative Commons licence

Editing the British Council Voices blog was a joy during 2013. We asked our authors – both outside and inside the British Council – questions with the wide-eyed curiosity of children, and ended up publishing writing that made us laugh, cry and, most of all, think about education and culture in ways we hadn’t before.

Skills training has come a long way since 1940, when these apprentices were learning on the job in a steel plant (image credit: National Film Board of Canada)

Skills training has come a long way since 1940, when these apprentices were learning on the job in a steel plant (image credit: National Film Board of Canada)

Skills training has come a long way since 1940, when these apprentices were learning on the job in a steel plant (image credit: National Film Board of Canada)

Simon Witts led the Employer Engagement and Apprenticeships Seminar for ministers, government officials and other delegates from South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia in London this week. He explains why governments should engage employers in national skills programmes, alongside their in-house training.