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Sector Skills Councils

Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are independent, employer-led, UK–wide organisations. The SSCs and the UK Commission are committed to working in partnership across the four nations to create the conditions for increased employer investment in skills which will drive enterprise and create jobs and sustainable economic growth. They share a belief that the sectoral approach is the most effective way to do this.

The network of licensed Sector Skills Councils provides the employer leadership to address skills needs within and across sectors. The SSC licence is the unique identifier which signals to employers and government that they are a focal point for raising skills in sectors to drive enterprise, jobs and growth.

Through their sectoral reach, SSCs are ideally placed to articulate the voice of employers on skills; to develop innovative skills solutions and to galvanise employer ambition and investment in skills and job creation. In doing so, they are key strategic partners in creating the conditions for increased investment in skills.

For more information about the Sector Skills Councils, including contact details and a summary of the industries they represent, please see the Alliance of Sector Skills Councils' website.

SSC Annual Performance Report 11-12 - The UK Commission has published its latest annual performance report on the work of the Sector Skills Councils.  The SSC Annual Performance Report provides an objective account of the work of the SSCs during 2011-12 against the requirements of the SSC core remit. 

2011/12 SSC Annual Performance Report (PDF, 1.1 Mb) 

You can also download the 2010/11 SSC Annual Performance Report (PDF, 2.0 Mb) 

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The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils

The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils represents, promotes and supports the work of the Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) across the UK.
Established in 2008, the Alliance is the collective voice of SSCs and has the unique role of positioning them within the UK skills system. The Alliance works to:

  • place SSCs at the heart of the UK skills system
  • enable SSCs to deliver standards and qualifications that meet the needs of employers
  • position SSCs collectively as the authoritative voice on sectoral Labour Market Intelligence
  • facilitate collaborative and cross sector activity that cannot be carried out individually by SSCs.

For more information and contact details visit The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils website