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UK Sector Skills Councils. Stephan John Head of Vocational Policy. People 1st. The Sector Skills Council for the Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism industries - ensuring that the skills employers need are the skills they get. . Influencing Education & Skills. SSC.

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uk sector skills councils

UK Sector Skills Councils

Stephan John

Head of Vocational Policy

people 1st
People 1st
  • The Sector Skills Council for the Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism industries - ensuring that the skills employers need are the skills they get.

Influencing Education & Skills


Government & Education


SSCs…”working skilfully and deftly at the interface between government & education on the one hand as well as industry & the workforce on the other.”

what are sector skills councils
Our remit from UK Government

To reduce skills gaps & shortages

Improve productivity

Increase opportunities to boost skills & productivity

Improve learning supply

What are Sector Skills Councils?
who does people1st represent
Who does People1st represent?

Pubs, bars, nightclubs

Hospitality services



Visitor attractions

Tourism services

Youth hostels


Travel services

Holiday parks

Membership clubs

Contract food service providers

Events and conferences

Self-catering accommodation


People1st’s vision

  • The Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism Sector delivering world class productivity through its skilled people.
  • People1st’s Aim
  • The right number of people with the right skills and qualifications at the right time.
  • Thereby improving the profitability, retention and appeal of this dynamic sector.
what we offer
What we offer



uk commission for employment and skills
UK Commission for Employment and Skills
  • achieve increased employment retention and progression, skills and productivity
  • drive and shape the skills and employment system to meet the needs of employers and individuals
  • express its advice and recommendations to the governments in the UK
  • fund and manage the performance of the Sector Skills Councils,
  • advising Ministers on their re-licensing.

The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils - TASSC

  • Acts as the collective voice of the Sector Skills Councils
  • Promotes understanding of the role of SSCs
  • Co-ordinates policy positions and strategic work on skills
  • Helps build the performance capability of the Sector Skills Councils
infrastructural action
Infrastructural Action


Employers and Employer Bodies

Institutions (Hospitality)

the skills development cycle
The skills development cycle

Job Roles

Training Providers




people1st and employers
People1st and Employers

Employer Panels

  • Help oversee specific Research and Policy work
  • Ensure that National Occupational Standards reflect the competencies of job roles undertaken in the functional area
  • Ensure that robust apprenticeship frameworks are developed
  • Oversee the roll out of the apprenticeship strategy to help increase the effectiveness of apprenticeship delivery
uk skills development team
UK Skills Development Team
  • government,
  • agencies and
  • employers of all sizes
  • share best practice and innovation
  • skills and productivity
sector skills agreement
Sector Skills Agreement

Agreements between employers, Government, education and learning providers & other players

Major survey – needs and priorities

Review current provision and gaps

Leading to…

Partner agreements

Funding evidence & recommendations

Collaborative training development

national skills academy key features
National Skills Academy Key Features
  • Led and supported by employers
  • Focus on chefs, customer service, leadership & mgt
  • Excellent training, quality assured to the highest levels
  • Hot house for new programmes and qualifications
  • Unrivalled innovation - cutting edge solutions
  • Reputation for excellence nationwide

Led By Employers through a National Board

Delivery via New and Innovative Facilities

Delivery via The Apex of Learning Providers


Supported by employers

the diploma characteristics
The Diploma Characteristics

14-19yrs Diploma

  • Progression:
    • into employment, apprenticeship or FE/HE
  • Credible content
    • Consultation with HE and employers
    • Sector research
  • Needs of learners, employers and FE/HE
  • A realistic educational programme based on applied learning
    • Prepares learners for the next step
key components of diplomas
Key components of Diplomas

14-19yrs Diploma

  • Principal learning (the core for every learner)
  • Specialist/additional learning (choices)
  • Functional skills of Maths, English and ICT
  • Personal, learning and thinking skills – very important for the industry
  • Project work
  • Work experience – a minimum of 10 days

Presentations to schools - To provide role models in terms of career ambitionsOffer Work Experience - To highlight our working conditionsOffer Job Shadow visits - To show teachers first hand the opportunities in our industryVisits to hotel premises - To highlight range of jobs and environmentsEmployment Opportunities - Including Career pathways Employer Advisory Boards - Shape training and future graduates/employeesAssignment Presentations - Show the human face of our industry

Why Employers need to support it?

14-19yrs Diploma

national occupational standards nos
National Occupational Standards (NOS)
  • National Occupational Standards (NOS) describe what an individual needs to do, know, and understand in order to carry out a particular job or function.
how can national occupational standards be used
How can National Occupational Standards be used?

They are used to:

  • form the basis of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and other vocational qualifications.
  • provide managers with a tool for a wide variety of workforce management and quality control
  • offer a framework for training and development
  • Improving quality of goods and services
  • Increasing productivity
what is an apprenticeship
What is an apprenticeship?
  • Apprenticeships are programmes of learning that include defined competence, knowledge and transferable development for work, in work. Therefore the primary demand should come from employers.

People1st recommends that all apprentices should be ‘employed’ in order to complete.

people1st challenges
People1st Challenges
  • Government policy
  • Insufficient support from Agencies
  • Employer Engagement
  • Developing standards and qualifications for all employers
  • Pay and conditions in the industry