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Sectors Research, Sector Skills Councils and National Skills Academies

  • VET SLIM meeting – 11 March 2011

  • Contents

  • SW Sectors low carbon research

  • Alliance of SSCs and Sector Skills Councils

  • National Skills Academies

  • Engaging and collaborating

  • Dawn Neale, Sectors Manager


SW sectors - Low Carbon Skills Research

Reports coverage & Link

  • Sectors covered:-

    • Marine Energy

    • Nuclear

    • LC manufacturing – including composites

    • LC construction

    • Micro renewables


Key low carbon skills reports

  • National

  • SSC cluster report

  • SSC renewables report

  • EEPH report

  • fdf mapping report

  • Regional

  • Marine Energy Skills, EMB consulting

  • Micro renewables, Regen SW

  • Nuclear, Cogent

  • LC Construction, C Skills

  • Composites – Josanne Stewart & Paul Shakespear

  • LC Manufacturing, Semta

Summary of findings - Key skills issues that impact across all sectors

  • Ageing workforce

  • Skills shortages and gaps

  • Global competition for talent

  • New/changing technologies

  • Growing content of occupations e.g. multi skilling

  • STEM uptake in schools colleges & universities

  • Reducing trend of training offered by FE & HE

  • Limited interaction between FE & HE and vice versa

  • Low Carbon targets and where/how individual industries contribute

Actions and Solutions

Local, regional and national partners and stakeholders agree actions

Transition and legacy activity is agreed & planned

Funding is enhanced through streams and projects

Knowledge transfer projects are linked

HE and FE collaborations

Information Advice and

Guidance is communicated

and coordinated

QCF should be exploited

STEM activity should be


Key occupations identified to be in demand should be highlighted to


SSC Impact & Influencing:

  • Articulate the collective voice where it matters

  • High level relationships with key partners, stakeholders and governments

  • Tackle high priority issues in collaborative forums

  • Promote the distinctive role of SSCs

SSCs and Qualifications/standards:

  • Consistent and cost-effective role in qualifications approval

  • National Occupational Standards that meet employers’ needs

  • Qualifications strategies that meet employers’ needs

  • Deliver new apprenticeship formats and processes

  • Implement frameworks for those seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce

Labour Market Intelligence:

  • First class, consistent and comparable LMI

  • Increase accessibility and value of LMI to key partners and stakeholders

  • Promote the use of Alliance LMI and demonstrate its impact

  • Data across the 4 nations

Catalyst, Leader and Co-ordinator:

  • New collaborative cross-sector arrangements

  • Multi-sector groupings in priority areas

  • Effectively link skills bodies outside the Alliance

National Skills Academies were set up as a result of the 2005 White Paper “Skills: Getting on in Business, Getting on at Work”

National Skills Academies deliver specialised skills to employees and learners to help respond to your business needs

They have been established, shaped and led by employers with support from the Government (3 years development funding)



  • As set out in the 2005 White Paper the core principles are that skills academies will:

    • Be Employer-led

    • Form strong networks in each sector

    • Link colleges with universities, training providers and specialist schools

  • They will raise standards by:

    • Fostering innovation

    • Sharing best practice

    • Shaping the curriculum

    • Improving the professional development of teachers, lecturers and trainers

    • Transforming the quality and status of vocational education and training

National Skills Academies

Encourage excellence

Make training relevant

Put employers at the heart of the network

Bring employers together

Provide specialist training

Take training to more people

Improve access

Increase productivity


Currently 15 operational skills academies as at July 2010

Round 1 – Approved in October 2006 – now sustainable

- Construction- Manufacturing

Financial Services- Food and Drink Manufacturing

Round 2 – Launched in September 2006

- Nuclear- Creative and Cultural

Process Industries- Hospitality

Round 3 – Launched in February 2007 – 3 operational

Retail- Materials, Production and Supply

Sport and Active Leisure

Round 4 – Launched in May 2008 – 4 operational

Enterprise- Social Care

Power- Information Technologies


Round 5 – Launched in January 2010

4 in business planning:

Rail Engineering. – announced november

Process Industries –: Bio-technologies and composites extension to existing NSA.

Environmental Technologies.




  • Expression of Interest Process

  • Prospectus launched

  • Expressions of Interest received, circulated to regions and partner organisations, and paper assessment takes place

  • Short-listed applications invited for interview with employer representation

  • Successful applications formally invited into business planning stage by the Minister

Conclusion sectors VET activity

  • Alliance groups

  • Local projects

  • Funding proposals and tenders

  • LMI and Data

  • IAG

  • Communications and promotion

  • Employer/stakeholder partnerships

  • Policy and strategy

  • Provision – development and engagement

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