French-speakin g Africa: ‘A huge need for skills’
“The opportunities that Francophone Africa offers have been largely ignored by British education. There are lots of opportunities in Algeria, Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Togo for English language and training provision in technical areas. The West Coast of Africa’s just seen a large find of oil and gas, and the opportunity there for us is that they have no trained oil and gas people at all.
“We have opened an English university in Mauritania and one of our partners has just opened a technical university in Sierra Leone. There’s a huge demand for lower-level vocational skills as their economies grow, and they’re very young populations. As a result of this, we’ve set up the UK Francophone Education Forum – an organisation aimed at bringing British and Francophone governments together to talk about educational opportunities.”