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A new network of UK wide Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) has been set up to lead the skills and productivity drive in industry or business sectors recognised by employers.

They bring together employers in their sectors, learning providers, trade unions and professional bodies to work with the Welsh Assembly Government to develop the skills that businesses in Wales need.

Each SSC agrees sector priorities and targets with its employers and partners to address five key goals, which are to:

  • identify and articulate their sector’s skills needs;
  • help develop more responsive provision to meet business needs; 
  • provide the business case for skills; 
  • engage employers in skills development; 
  • influence skills policy.

The Welsh Government and the Alliance of Sector Skills Councils

The Alliance is the umbrella organisation for SSCs in the UK and has an office in Wales. It is evolving into a very strong and influential organisation that will drive the improvement in skills that Wales needs to compete in a global economy.

Twenty-four Sector Skills Councils are now in operation, working actively with the Department for Education and Skills to better identify future skills needs, and this has resulted in a wide range of successful skills development projects.

Not only are Sector Skills Councils involved in encouraging the development of appropriate qualifications to meet employers’ needs, but they provide crucial labour market information to show where needs are greatest. In Wales we are fortunate to have a strong Sector Skills Network that meets regularly and approaches common issues with a team approach. A network which truly reflects the needs and uniqueness of the Welsh situation.

The Sector Priorities Fund (SPF) Pilot

The Welsh Government’s SPF Pilot programme provides the strategic evidence base on which to frame the onward development of the 2011 Sector Priorities Fund, described and actioned in “Skills that Work for Wales”. It involves a range of projects with SSCs and groups of SSCs which pilot skills delivery innovative to Wales and identifies through labour market intelligence, gaps in provision in Wales. The outcomes will inform WAG as it makes post-16 mainstream funded programmes more demand-responsive and aligned to the needs of employers.

The SPFP Programme will draw down additional support through the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the new European structural funds programmes in Wales for 2007-2013.

Sector Skills Councils

Asset Skills
Sector: Property, housing, cleaning and facilities management
Visit the Asset Skills website for more information.

IMI - The Institute for the Motor Industry
Sector: Retail motor industry
Visit the Automotive Skills website for more information.

Care Council for Wales

Sector: Social Care
Visit the CC Wales website for more information.

Sector: Chemical, nuclear, oil and gas, petroleum and polymer industries
Visit the Cogent website for more information.

Construction Skills
Sector: Construction
Visit the Construction Skills website for more information.
Creative & Cultural Skills
Sector :Arts, museums and galleries, heritage, craft and design
Visit the CC Skills website for more information.

e skills UK
Sector: Information technology, telecommunications and contact centres
Visit the e-skills website for more information. 

Energy and Utility Skills
Sector: Electricity and renewables, gas, waste management and water 
Visit the EU skills website for more information.

Financial Services Skills Council
Sector: Financial Services industry
Visit the FSSC website for more information.
Sector: Passenger transport
Visit the GoSkills website for more information.

Sector: Food and Drink manufacturing & processing
Visit the Improve LTD website for more information.

Sector: Environment and land-based industries
Visit the Lantra website for more information.

Lifelong Learning UK
Sector: Higher/Further education, work-based learning, community-based learning/development, libraries and information services, youth work
Visit the Lifelong Learning UK website for more information.
People 1st
Sector: Hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism
Visit the People 1st website for more information.

Sector: Processing and manufacturing industries 
Visit for more information. 
Sector: Science, engineering and manufacturing technologies
Visit the SEMTA website for more information.

Sector: Active leisure and learning
Visit the SkillsActive website for more information.
Sector: Audio visual industries – Broadcast, film, video, interactive media and photo imaging
Visit the Skillset website for more information.
Skills for Care & Development
Sector: Social care including children, families and young people
Telephone: 0113 245 1716
Visit the Skills for Care and Development website for more information.

Skills for Health
Sector: Health including independent and voluntary sectors
Visit the Skills for Health website for more information.
Skills for Logistics
Sector: Freight logistics industry
Visit the Skills for Logistics website for more information.

Skills for Justice
Sector: Custodial care, community justice and police
Visit the Skills for Justice website for more information.
Skillsmart Retail
Sector: Retail
Visit the Skillsmart Retail website for more information.

Sector: Building Services engineering - Electro-technical, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration and plumbing
Visit the SummitSkills website for more information.

Contact Information

Sector Skills Development Manager
Tel: 01686 620248