EU Project Croatia 12 th May 2011

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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

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EU Project Croatia 12th May 2011UK Sector Skills Councils,working togetherKey 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 employersCover 90% of the UK workforce1.7 million businesses across England, Wales, Scotland, & Northern IrelandSSC 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 providersSector 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 2008All Sector Skills Councils are full membersUK-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 recoverySkills, learning & development are the vital factors in the business mixNew 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: www.sscalliance.org UK QCF Readiness Programme:Revolution in Qualifications design and approval similar to CRO QCFEmployer needs at heart of the system, bite-sized chunks of learningAlliance appointed as the contract manager for the programmeResponsible for preparing all the SSCs to operate the new systemSeries of professional development workshops for SSC staffProvision 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 beginningKeeping together is progressWorking together is successHenry Ford 1863-1947 Final thoughts: If you think training is expensive,try ignorance!Thanks for listening!Any questions?John McNamaraTel: 07879 477448www.*************

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