Since launching in April, Vocational Education Exchange magazine has been sharing ideas and materials, and facilitating conversations in eight countries in the Western Balkans and Central Caucuses. Over 100,000 people have accessed the magazine. It is now available in nine different languages for almost 150,000 vocational and skills teachers and leaders.  

We hope that following this pilot year, the magazine will continue to grow and vocational practitioners all over the world will be able to read Vocational Education Exchange. 

The most popular edition in most countries was issue five, where we focused on employability and core skills. The magazine has featured articles from over 40 UK contributors, and the most popular have been those providing top tips, case studies, and useful resources to download.  

Our readers care deeply about the career prospects of the students they work with. Coming top on our list of most visited pages are articles that focus on preparing young people for the workplace, ensuring young people have core skills, tips for getting young people to use Linked In and how to succeed in the global workplace. 

As we reflect on 2016, and look forward to 2017, we are confident that our magazine has broadened horizons and provoked thought among our readers. We hope we have provided resources and tools that have been used in classrooms and workshops around the world.  

The new year is approaching and we want to engage more with you. In January we will conduct a survey to discover how our magazine has impacted on your work, and how it could be improved. We will also be launching the skills doctor.  

We hope you enjoy December's edition and have a happy new year.