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Our mission is to work with and through our partners to secure a greater commitment to invest in the skills of people to drive, enterprise, jobs and growth. 
To find out more about the UK Commission, including our strategic objectives, remit and business plan see the about us section.

With our Commissioners, we are focused on four outcomes:

Outcome 1 Outcome 2 Outcome 3 Outcome 4

To enable us to deliver against these outcomes we have several major projects this year. Find out more using the links below:

Alternatively you can browse all our work, including historical projects, by themes e.g. Standards and frameworks.
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Standards and frameworks

  • National Occupational Standards (NOS) - Strategy

    29 Jan 2014

    The UK Commission for Employment and Skills worked with a wide range of stakeholders to develop and build consensus on the NOS Strategy. The four governments of the UK approved the NOS Strategy for 2010-20 at the end of March 2010 and agreed that the UK Commission should work with stakeholders in 2010/11 to prototype and pilot a number of aspects and evaluate these by the end of March 2011, to enable the full roll out of the Strategy from April 2011. This has resulted in Version 2 of the NOS Strategy and associated documents being published in June 2011

  • Progression into Higher Education (HE)

    12 Jul 2013

    The UK Commission asked the Universities Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) to build on work they carried out for the Westminster government looking at progression routes to higher level skills provision in England for those with applied and vocational qualifications.

  • Review of Adult Vocational Qualifications in England

    15 Nov 2013

    How can we ensure that adult vocational qualifications are valued as worthwhile investments, enabling individuals to progress in their careers and employers to grow their businesses and improve their competitiveness? Through our Review of Adult Vocational Qualifications in England, we have set out a vision of how adult vocational qualifications can match and assess skills needs more effectively, and be used and valued by employers and individuals in England. We have also developed a strategy for achieving that vision.

  • Standards and Frameworks

    29 Jan 2014

    High value, high quality National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Apprenticeship Frameworks are critical tools which underpin employers’ ambition to raise skills levels and support individuals’ career aspirations.


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