New Providers selected for Universal Services – Standards and Frameworks
21 Dec 2011
After a rigorous commissioning process, the UK Commission is pleased to announce that we now have nine new providers to cover the delivery of standards and frameworks within the Universal Services family.
The commissioning process, which ran from September to December of this year, focused on identifying preferred providers to deliver the key products of National Occupational Standards, Apprenticeships and Modern Apprenticeship frameworks and qualification related products for a three year period starting from 1st April 2012. The contestable commissioning process open to Sector Skills Councils was designed to encourage collaborative partnerships to deliver these UK wide critical products which underpin game changing skills solutions.
The table below identifies those collaborations which were successful in bidding to become preferred providers of Universal Services and the broad sectors these partnerships will cover.
||Sector Coverage |
Creative and Cultural Skills and Skillset
|Creative and cultural, creative media and digital|
Energy & Utility Skills, Cogent, Improve, Proskills and SEMTA
|Electricity, gas, waste, water, bioscience, nuclear and similar industries, food and drink, process manufacturing, science and engineering|
||IT and tele-comms|
|Lantra, SkillsActive, HABIA, People 1st, Improve and GoSkills
||Land based, sport & leisure, transport, travel & tourism, food & drink, hairdressing and health & beauty|
|Skills for Care and Development
|Skillsmart Retail, Skills for Logistics and IMI
||Retail, logistics and motor|
|CITB/ConstructionSkills and Proskills
||Construction, process manufacturing and building services|
|Asset Skills, SummitSkills and Skills for Security
||Property & facilities management, security and building services|
|Skills for Justice, Skills for Health, Financial Skills Partnership and Skills Third Sector
||Justice, health and finance and the Third Sector|
In addition to the providers identified above, we will be working with the Council for Administration on the pan sector products, ECITB for engineering and construction services and LSIS for the lifelong learning sector.
If you would like more information about Universal Services please do not hesitate to contact Katy Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or see the Universal Services ITT (DOCX, 192 Kb)