Proskills awarded full licence
PROSKILLS has been awarded its licence to become the new Sector Skills Council for the process and manufacturing sector. The licence was presented by Phil Hope, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills, at a launch celebration in London.
Proskills, as part of the UK-wide Skills for Business network, works with employers, training providers and other stakeholders to address the skills and workforce development challenges affecting the extractives, coatings, glass, print, building products and refractories industries. Together, these industries employ almost 500,000 people in 27,000 companies producing commodities with a combined turnover of £29 billion.
Awarding the licence, Phil Hope commented: ‘The Sector Skills Councils are an integral part of the Government’s strategy to improve productivity and help employers compete successfully in an increasingly global market. To achieve this objective, Proskills will be working closely with employers and training providers across the country to ensure that relevant training is available to meet current and future needs.’
Terry Watts, Proskills’ chief executive officer, added: ‘We know from discussions we have had with employers up and down the country that there is enormous grass roots support for Proskills and an understanding of the importance of its objectives. Proskills’ exciting role now is to work with all the parties involved to create an infrastructure that will deliver the real and substantial improvement in our sector’s skills base that we are all looking for.’