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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.

Partners  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
e-skills UK 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 Care
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 or see the Universal Services ITT (DOCX, 192 Kb)