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Asset Skills wins £1.5m to fund training

14 October 2010

Public funding worth more than £1.5 million has been secured by Asset Skills to train more than 800 candidates in new vocational qualifications in FM, housing and cleaning.

This funding follows the approval of two bids from Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the above industries, to the Government’s Joint Investment Programme, which is designed to bring together public and private investment to support training and skills development in areas key to economic recovery and future growth.
The project will allow more than 500 candidates to undertake a wide range of new higher level vocational qualifications in business services, including:
 The Facilities Management Apprenticeship Level 3
 The Certificate in FM Level 4 (accredited by the BIFM)
 The Certificate in Cleaning Supervision Level 3.
Investment in these areas recognises the importance of developing skills in FM and support services to achieve effective and efficient operations.In housing, it will enable high level skills provision for 330 candidates through take up of the new Housing Higher Apprenticeship. This new training combines a revamped National Vocational Qualification with a technical certificate from the industry’s professional body, the Chartered Institute of Housing. The funding comes at a crucial time for housing employers, who are increasingly expected to support skills and employment agendas through apprenticeships as a condition of funding from other sources.
Commenting on the news, Richard Beamish, Chief Executive of Asset Skills, said, “This is excellent news for industries in our sector. It will provide valuable support through a partnership between employers and government which will have a big impact on raising the skills of the workforce. We look forward to working with the Skills Funding Agency over next 12 months to ensure the successful implementation of this project.”
Geoff Russell, Chief Executive of the Skills Funding Agency, said:“These programmes will benefit from public and private co-investment to promote economic recovery and sustainable growth. They will harness the knowledge and expertise of employers to develop and deliver training that’s tailored to support the skills needs of their sector, including facilities management, housing and cleaning. The Joint Investment Programme represents exactly the kind of partnership essential for the future success of the learning sector, meeting business’ need for skills, bringing huge benefits to people, companies and the economy.”
Employers who have committed to training their staff through the Joint Investment Programme will be assisted by the Asset Skills Virtual Academies in Business Services and Housing which offer practical help and support to both employers and training providers. The total combined value of the two Joint Investment Programme bids amounts to £3,054,062, which includes contributions from both employers and the Government.
The Joint Investment Programme
 The Joint Investment Programme (JIP) is a co-investment approach with a 50-50 split of public and private sector investment into skills development and training to support economic recovery and future growth in emerging industries.
 The programme will be delivered through Sector Skills Councils who will work with training organisations and employers to deliver relevant skills and training.
 Sector Skills Councils and Industry Training Boards submitted Expressions of Interest to suggest innovative proposals for boosting strategically important skills that can drive growth.
 The Expressions of interest were evaluated against specific criteria and following feedback, final implementation plans were proposed.
 Five Sector Skills Councils across six sector areas have now received confirmation from the Skills Funding Agency that their JIP plans for the academic year 2010/11 have been successful.
For more information contact the Asset Skills Virtual Academy by email at or call 0844 822 2525.

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