Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has today announced that three further Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) have been relicensed.


These are:

  • GO Skills, the Sector Skills Council covering the passenger transport sector.
  • Financial Services Skills Council, covering Financial services, finance, and accounting
  • Skills for Care and Development, covering social care, children, early years and young people's workforces in the UK.


The government also announced that Government Skills, the body representing central government, is not seeking to be re-licensed as a Sector Skills Council after its license expires on 30 June 2010. Following consultation with central government employers it will become an internal skills body within government and will continue to work closely with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and other SSCs. "Government Skills will continue to work closely with the UK Commission and Sector Skills Councils to improve the delivery of public services across the public sector".

In the case of Lifelong Learning UK, there will be a fundamental review of the options available for coverage of the sector in future including, but not limited to, remaining as an SSC.

For the fashion and textiles sector, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills has received and accepted a proposal from Skillset to cover this workforce.  Ministers have accepted the proposal with Skillset taking responsibility for the fashion and textiles sector from the start of April.


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