Skills Funding Agency
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|Legal status||Executive Agency|
|Purpose||Further education in England|
|Website||Skills Funding Agency|
The Skills Funding Agency is one of two successor organisations that emerged from the closure of the Learning and Skills Council (England's largest non-departmental public body or quango). The restructuring of the English skills system was announced by Gordon Brown shortly after he took office in 2007.
The office of the Chief Executive of Skills Funding was established in law by the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009. The office is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and employees appointed by the Chief Executive are Crown servants, collectively referred to as the Skills Funding Agency. The Chief Executive is appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. Further legislation was passed in 2012, with the Agency becoming an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
The Skills Funding Agency manages a budget for skills based training which is commissioned from a two tier of network of prime contractors, such as The JGA Group, and their subcontractors.
The Agency's mission is to ensure that people and businesses can access the skills training they need to succeed in playing their part in society and in growing England’s economy. This is done in the context of policy set by government and informed by the needs of businesses, communities and regions, and sector and industry bodies.
The Skills Funding Agency employs around 1,200 staff at its head office in Coventry and in offices around England. The agency houses a number of specialist services including the National Apprenticeship Service, the National Careers Service, the Data Service, the Learning Records Service and the secretariat to the information authority.
In January 2012, Chief Executive Geoff Russell announced his resignation, and on 30 May 2012, it was announced by Skills Minister, John Hayes that Kim Thorneywork had been appointed as interim Chief Executive.
In November 2014, Peter Lauener was appointed as Chief Executive.
- Learning and Skills Council
- National Employer Service
- Higher Education Funding Council for England
- Lifelong learning
- Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
- Vocational education