Sector Skills Councils

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Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are employer-led organisations that cover specific industries in the United Kingdom. They have five key goals:

  • to understand the future skills needs of their industry
  • to support Employers in developing and managing Apprenticeship Standards
  • to reduce skills gaps and shortages and improve productivity
  • to boost the skills of their sector workforces
  • to improve learning supply.

SSCs achieve these aims by developing an understanding of the future skills needs in their industry, and contributing to the development of National Occupational Standards, the design and approval of Apprenticeship frameworks and the New Apprenticeship Standards and creating Sector Qualification Strategies. There are currently seventeen SSCs, covering about 80 per cent of the British workforce. SSCs are licensed by the Government through the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).[1]

The Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) was formerly responsible for funding, supporting and monitoring SSCs and for overseeing industries that fell outside an SSC footprint. From 1st April 2008, the SSDA was replaced by the UKCES and the Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards comprising all 17 Sector Skills Councils (SSCs). The Federation is responsible for managing the process of certifying Apprentices in England, Scotland and Wales. It seeks to:

  • Promote professional practices among those organisations that are sector based and who set and maintain skills standards
  • Manage the standards of those Employer Led Partnerships which maintain these standards to ensure high quality
  • Provide insight, intelligence and ideas flow between the Governments of the four nations and the SSCs

List of Sector Skills Councils[edit]

The following organisations were listed as SSCs/SSBs as at July 2014.[2]

Sector Skills Councils[edit]

Sector Skills Bodies[edit]

  • ECITB - Engineering
  • Proskills - Printing, mineral extraction and processing, health and safety and process and manufacturing of furniture, glass, ceramics, coatings and paper
  • SkillsCFA - Business and administration, customer service, enterprise and business support, human resources and recruitment, industrial relations, leadership and management, marketing and sales
  • Skills for Security - Security

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