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New sector skills council for central government launches

Government Skills - the Sector Skills Council for Central Government was launched last week. It has been created with the aim of focusing on the skills needed to improve delivery in central government.

Speakers at the launch event in central London included Phil Hope MP, minister for skills and Sir Richard Mottram, chair of Government Skills.

Government Skills is one of 25 Sector Skills Councils (SSCs). These make up the Skills for Business network whose aim is to boost the productivity and profitability of the UK. The network is supported by the Sectors Skills Development Agency.

Education and skills secretary Ruth Kelly said: "Skills are the key to personal and economic growth. This is the last Sector Skills Council in the network of 25 set up under the Government's skills strategy. Now employers have a powerful voice in closing skills gaps for productivity in every major sector of the economy.

"With the infrastructure complete and Sector Skills Agreements being put into place we are delivering a truly demand-led system to help people get the training they need where and when it suits them best."

Government Skills say they will work on behalf of central government in the following areas:

  • Professional Skills for Government - ensuring its successful delivery across the Civil Service.
  • Standards and Qualifications - developing the necessary professional and occupational standards and qualifications to improve delivery
  • Workforce data - using workforce intelligence and information to underpin business plans and give junior staff and under-represented groups fair access to training and development
  • Skills Needs - work closely with employers to address skills needs and achieve best value
  • Cross Sector Development - work with Skills for Business Network and other public service Sectors Skills Councils to address common skills needs

Sir Richard Mottram, Chair of Government Skills said: "Launching Government Skills will help central government in its aim to become more effective through identifying and addressing the skills employees and organisations need to improve delivery both now and in the future.

"Our immediate priorities in the work programmes include supporting Departments in rolling out Professional Skills for Government to all levels of the Civil Service. We are keen to engage all our employers in our work programmes and the launch and subsequent promotional events are the first steps in doing this.

"I am very pleased that our Council includes the Armed Forces given their excellent record on training and development which we can all learn from."

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