The British Council works through partnerships to develop and deliver Taqaddam. The relationships with Ministries and education providers in the countries where the programme is active are pivotal in the effectiveness of the programme. We also partner with education and youth organisations to extend our reach and diversity and strengthen our offer to young people, schools and organisations. We are currently working with the Centre For International Leadership and Learning (CILL) and Glasgow City Council to pilot a UK programme, which includes intercultural exchanges with young people from the MENA region.
“The programme content is excellent, very well thought out and appropriate to the needs of participants… I think this is a high quality programme which is badly needed in the UK”
– Andrew Hadley, Director of CILL
HSBC Middle East
From 2017 – 2021 Taqaddam was developed and funded by HSBC Middle East.
Sabrin Rahman, head of corporate sustainability for the MENA region at HSBC, said: “We helped devise the Taqaddam concept as we felt there was a disconnect between what skills were on offer in the marketplace and what employers were looking for. Traditional educational systems, especially public schooling, just do not focus on the softer and more transferable skills that are needed for the workplace of the future.”Volunteers from HSBC take a hands-on approach to Taqaddam. They attend the workshops and the Make It Happen! event, support the running of the programme, present short talks about using life skills in the workplace, and give advice and guidance to students”.
‘When the [Taqaddam] students were presenting their projects… I was blown away with their creativity, ideas and thoughts. The Taqaddam programme had done them justice – it helped them to reach that level’
– Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai
“Through the Taqaddam participants, we saw children as young as 13 were already as good as people out there in the corporate world”.
– Executive Director, Young Arab Leaders Network