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Asset Skills seek employers input into Skills for Life strategy

Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for property services, housing, cleaning services and facilities management, are holding a workshop to provide employers in the sector with the opportunity to offer input to the Asset Skills' Skills for Life strategy.

The free half-day workshop takes place at the Sunley Management Centre in Northampton on February 15th 2005.

Michelle Myers, of Asset Skills' dedicated Skills for Life team, commented: "Having been nominated as the lead SSC for Skills for Life, Asset Skills is determined to develop innovative and effective solutions for employers to use to improve these skills among their workforce."

The programme for the event includes:

  • Feedback on past and current Skills for Life initiatives in the sector
  • Group session to input to the Skills for Life agenda of Asset Skills
  • Focus on the business benefits of getting involved in Skills for Life activities

Asset Skills say the event will be especially beneficial to organisations within the cleaning and housing sectors. Research conducted in 1999 by CINTO, one of the predecessors of Asset Skills, showed that at least 65% of employees in the cleaning industry have skills for life needs. The SSC also expects that the workshop will be particularly helpful to small and medium sized enterprises.

"Asset Skills is committed to meeting the Skills for Life needs of the sector," said Myers. "Our aim is to improve the productivity of businesses and raise the skills levels of individuals. Evidence suggests that at least 5 million people have literacy skills below those required to obtain a good GCSE grade and 15 million people have poor numeracy skills.* This obviously affects productivity and we want to do our best to help improve these figures."

*Skills for Life survey 2003, carried out by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES)

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