British Council

What we will do for you

Working for the British Council offers a unique opportunity to gain experience and develop skills in international cultural relations. We have 7,400 members of staff in offices, teaching centres, libraries and information and resource centres in the UK and more than 100 countries and territories worldwide.

You will be part of a modern, rapidly changing organisation with worldwide influence and impact. Our jobs offer you a scope for versatility, initiative and creativity in a stimulating and supportive environment. You will be encouraged to pursue your personal and professional development via training, on-the-job-coaching and individual study.

You could be teaching English to toddlers in Hong Kong, running an arts event in India, accompanying teenagers on a fact finding mission to the high Arctic or signing off a partnership contract with a major corporation in the USA.

 Life At British Council

Equality, Diversity and inclusion 

As the UK’s principal cultural relations organisation the British Council is strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. Our work is centered on building meaningful, enduring and respectful relationships across different cultures. We cannot do this if we do not have a commitment to equality, inclusion and valuing diversity.

Our Equality strategy and Equality policy set out how we approach the challenges of mainstreaming equality, diversity and inclusion internationally. We are very proud of our work in this area and have developed innovative methods and tools to encourage progress and success.

Supporting our staff and alumni:

British Council Association

The British Council Association is much more than just the alumnus association for ex-British Council employees.

The British Council Association aims to facilitate the continuing relationship between its former staff and today’s British Council as well as foster links with former DFID and FCO staff.

British Council Families Association 

Founded in 1966, the British Council Families Association’s aim has always been to support and help the families of British Council staff who are posted overseas.

Career and skills development

The British Council actively supports and encourages the employability of accompanying partners of staff. We also feel it is important that partners are supported in career change and skills development whilst overseas.

As a member you have access to a variety of career and skills development courses including:
  • Career Management Website: Do you want to know what transferable skills you have? Or, do you want to gain some tips on how to improve your CV
    writing? Or do you just want to know how to compose yourself better in interviews? Find out more with our digital development toolkit.
  • One to One Career Consultations: Career consultations are carried out by an expert career consultant via telephone, Skype or Facetime.
  • Vocational Training Support: Partners of staff on a UK appointed contact are eligible to apply for reimbursement of tuition and exam fees for specified courses.
  • BCFA Resource Unit:  The BCFA has a range of career management books that can be borrowed by members upon request.
  • Online European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) training: Would you like to keep up/improve on your IT skills whilst overseas?
  • Social Media training: In this half-day course the BCFA’s expert trainer gives an introduction to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Very useful for staying in touch with friends, family and business contacts whilst abroad!
  • Language Training: We have a range of ways you can get to grips with local languages whilst on your posting. This is done on a case-by-case basis.

More About Us

Our Organisation  

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries, and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this work cultural relations.

We work in over 100 countries, connecting millions of people with the United Kingdom through programmes and services in the English language, the Arts, Education and Society. We believe these are the most effective means of engaging with others, and we have been doing this work since 1934.

Our work in English aims to bring high quality language materials to every learner and teacher who wants them. In developing and post-conflict countries we teach English and train teachers through radio, web and TV broadcasts. We offer over three million UK examinations worldwide, helping people gain access to trusted qualifications to support their career and study prospects.

Our work in Education and Society helps transform national education systems, builds more inclusive and open societies and increases young people’s opportunities. We encourage international students to come and study in the UK, and British students to experience life abroad. We bring schools around the world together so young people and teachers from different countries can share with and learn from each other.

Our work in the Arts involves the very best British and international artistic talent. We help increase audiences for international work in the UK and for UK work globally. We bring artists together and support the development of skills and policy in the arts and creative industries. Through this work we ensure that culture in its broadest sense plays a vital role in connecting with and understanding each other.

In these ways, the British Council builds links between UK people and institutions and those around the world, helping to create trust and lay foundations for prosperity and security around the world.

The British Council is committed to:

• understanding, valuing and working with diversity to enable fair and full participation in its work and activities

• ensuring that there is no unjustified discrimination in its recruitment, selection, performance management and other processes

• promoting equality; this includes conducting equality screening and impact assessments of policies and functions and progressing diversity action plans

• treating individuals with whom we work with fairness, dignity and respect

• playing its part in removing barriers and redressing imbalances caused by inequality and unjustified discrimination.

We require all staff to ensure their behaviour is consistent with this policy. We also require that clients, customers, partners and suppliers are made aware of this policy and operate within it.

We will provide adequate and appropriate resources to implement this policy and will ensure it is communicated and understood.

The British Council will review this global policy statement annually to reflect new legal and regulatory developments and promote good practice.

This global policy statement was approved by Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, in February 2015 and is due for review in February 2016.

Global network

A global network for opportunity for the UK

• The British Council ensures that the UK is well connected with people, institutions and policy makers across the world.

• We have a strong presence in the places that have the greatest importance for the UK’s prosperity, security and international influence.

• Despite the challenging financial climate, we are committed to maintaining our global network for the UK; it is vital to ensure the UK continues to connect with people around the world.

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