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EU Project Croatia 12 th May 2011. UK Sector Skills Councils, working together. Key themes of this presentation:. Role of Employers in Sector Skills Councils Origins of the Alliance Alliance role & responsibility Benefits of SSCs working together Examples of effective collaboration - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • EU Project Croatia 12th May 2011

    UK Sector Skills Councils,working together

  • Key themes of this presentation: Role of Employers in Sector Skills Councils Origins of the Alliance Alliance role & responsibility Benefits of SSCs working together Examples of effective collaboration Traps to avoid!

  • Sector Skills Councils:

    Employer organisations- run by & for employers

    Cover 90% of the UK workforce

    1.7 million businesses across England, Wales, Scotland, & Northern Ireland

    SSC boards comprised of UK employers drawn from across UK industry, commerce and the public sector

  • SSCs key business aims:

    Reduce skills gaps

    Improve business performance

    Increase skills and productivity of the workforce

    Improve the learning supply through qualifications, Apprenticeships, FE & HE providers

  • Sector Skills Councils- Key Roles:

    Develop & maintain national occupational standards

    Help to ensure qualifications are relevant & valued by employers

    Conduct sector research & publish Labour Market Intelligence (LMI)

    Represent the skills needs of their sectors in partnership with others

  • New priorities from UK Govt:Greater choice and control for the individualGreater focus on employers and their sectorsApprenticeships Proper recognition & celebration of vocational skillsEffective pathways for progressionAbility to transfer between FE and HE (From VET school to HE)

  • Some UK certainties: 70% of our 2020 workforce is already in the employment market

    UK Employers currently spend 38bn on training & development

    Small business sector provides 60% of UK jobs, and 50% of UK GDP

    500,000 people are expected to start up their own business in next 12 months.

  • Registered Charity, formed in April 2008

    All Sector Skills Councils are full members

    UK-wide remit- offices in Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff & London

    Alliance Background:

  • Alliance Governance:

  • Alliance background: Coordinating & collaborative role Shared leadership model Strategic objectives Representing SSCs on common issues to government, and other stakeholders

  • Improved business performance is the key driver in sustained recovery

    Skills, learning & development are the vital factors in the business mix

    New environment requires new solutions, and new ways of working!

    We have a lot to do before 2020! Summary:

  • Examples of Alliance Impact: Illustrating the power of collective working in a UK context

    Examples are drawn from recent experience

    Further detail available on the Alliance website:

  • UK QCF Readiness Programme:Revolution in Qualifications design and approval similar to CRO QCF

    Employer needs at heart of the system, bite-sized chunks of learning

    Alliance appointed as the contract manager for the programme

    Responsible for preparing all the SSCs to operate the new system

    Series of professional development workshops for SSC staff

    Provision of central resource, help, guidance, support

  • Low Carbon cluster: UK drive to define future needs 10 SSCs combine resources Alliance coordination of report Direct views of a wide range of employers Accurate view of future skills needs in a vital economic and social responsibility area

  • LMI Alliance Intelligence Network: Group of LMI experts drawn from all SSCs Aims: To share expertise and better practice To speed up the workflow by collaborating and sharing people and resources To provide expert advice based on detailed employer/sectoral knowledge

  • Alliance and the Federation of Small Businesses(FSB): Small business vital for UK sustained recoveryAccess to skills and training can be difficultTwo organisations agree a joint agenda for action aim to ensure the small business voice is reflected in all SSCsOn-going monitoring of joint performance

  • Dominant role of employersAlliance enables collective voice of SSCs to be heardSharing of expertise and mutual supportPower of collective activity in difficult times!UK SSC summary:

  • Coming together is the beginning

    Keeping together is progress

    Working together is success

    Henry Ford 1863-1947 Final thoughts:

  • If you think training is expensive,try ignorance!

  • Thanks for listening!

    Any questions?

    John McNamaraTel: 07879 477448




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