This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Coalition launches plan for workplace skills improvement

25 November 2010

Asset Skills has welcomed the Government’s new skills strategy which looks set to keep employer input at the core of training and vocational qualifications development.

Skills for Sustainable Growth and its parallel publication, Investing in Skills for Sustainable Growth, were launched recently by Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable and Skills Minister John Hayes. The strategy sets out their vision for reform of the further education and skills system in order to improve workforce skills, the performance of the economy and engagement in learning.
Investing in Sustainable Growth outlines how Government seeks to achieve its objectives through investing strategically in FE and skills over this Spending Review period. Savings will have to be made, but the Government understands the importance of maintaining high levels of participation and performance and will continue to look to Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) to ensure that Apprenticeship frameworks and national occupational standards are updated to meet the needs of the facilities management (FM) and cleaning industries in the face of new market conditions and increasing competition.
Skills for Sustainable Growth and Investment for Sustainable Growth are available to view on the BIS website: CLICK HERE 

Richard Beamish, Chief Executive of Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for FM and cleaning, said: “We are encouraged by this announcement. It shows the Government is recognising the role we can play as an SSC in helping employers  lead and influence change on skills and training issues in their industry.” 
Dr Cable said: “We are not in a position to throw money at the problem, but even against the backdrop of reductions, resource will be found to expand the apprenticeship programme for adults and support more people undertaking an increasingly respected form of vocational training.”
Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning Minister John Hayes, said: “The Government’s skills strategy is one of the most important documents yet published by the coalition Government. Helping business and individuals gain the skills they need is vital to helping the country gain economic strength and build sustainable growth in the long term. Despite a reduction in the FE and skills budget, we are continuing to protect and invest in programmes that provide the highest quality and greatest benefit to the maximum number of people. Replacing Train to Gain with funding for work place training prioritised on SMEs will help employers with a small workforce train low-skilled staff. And as we continue to expand
apprenticeships and reinvigorate community learning more people will be able to build their skills and fulfil their potential. The acquisition of skills enables people to progress in learning and work and delivers social benefits too. I want to see the development of a culture of learning with individuals and employers driving forward the skills system and contributing to the learning they receive.”
The reform of the skills systems includes:
 Expanding the numbers of adult apprenticeships available, so by 2014-15 there will be 75,000 more adults starting than under previous plans; 200,000 adults will be able to start an apprenticeship. The Government will invest £605m in adult apprenticeships in the 2011-12 financial year;
 Improving the apprenticeships package, so that level 3 (A Level equivalent) becomes the level to achieve, and there are clear progression pathways;
 Fully funded training for young adults aged from 19 up to 24 undertaking their first full level 2 (GCSE equivalent) or first level 3 qualification when they do not already have one;
 Fully funded basic skills courses for individuals who left school without basic reading, writing and mathematics;
 Protecting investment of £210m in adult and community learning, to support personal development, inclusive communities and a route into formal learning for the disengaged;
 Introducing Government-backed loans from 2013-14 for learners aged 24 and over undertaking level 3 or higher qualifications. This will give people access to finance. They
will not have to make their contribution to costs of the course until they are reaping the benefits of it and earning a decent wage; 
 Initiating a demand-led growth and innovation fund of up to £50m of government investment a year, to support employer-led initiatives within sectors such as new professional standards, and to promote leadership and management in small and medium enterprises;
 Replacing Train to Gain with an SME focused programme to help small employers train low-skilled staff;
 Helping people who are on active job-seeking benefits to secure work through labour-market relevant training;
 Reducing bureaucracy in the sector. Colleges and training providers will be freed from red tape so they can respond to the needs of employers and learners. The complex funding system will be simplified and from the 2011-12 academic year there will be a single adult skills budget.
 


Contact Details and Archive...

Print this page | E-mail this page

http://www.fsifm.com
PFM


MOST VIEWED...

View more articles
Article image

Why the Law Says You Need a Nappy Bin Disposal Service

At home, parents are used to disposing of their babies’ used nappies the same way they do any other domestic waste - bagging it up and sticking it in the r...

Benchmarking maintenance

BSRIA has just published this year's operation and maintenance benchmarking report as a guide for building operators to evaluate their performance against ...
Article image

Online applications invited for the PFM-hosted visit to ISE 2020

Those wishing to join the annual hosted visit to the internationally-renowned Integrated Services Exhibition exhibition in February can now register their ...
Article image

CSA Conference Secures Additional Industry Support

Scheduled for Tuesday 31st March at The Crystal in London, the first ‘Making Buildings Work’ conference has won the backing from two of the leading names i...
Article image

Court action against MoJ after "unfair" contract award

According to The Times, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is being sued by Mitie, following claims that it lost out on...
Article image

Prevention better than cure where compliancy and PPM is concerned

Industry experts give their response to the question of whether compliance with legislation should be a focus of maintenance procedures....