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Home > News > July 2004 > 13-Jul-2004

Skills for Justice aims to unite the justice sector

Richard Winterton, Chief Executive of of the new Sector Skills Council, Skills for Justice, has outlined its approach to supporting the reform agenda within the justice sector.

At the organisation’s official launch, attended by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Charles Clarke MP, Mr Winterton said: "We will focus on identifying the critical skills staff need to continue to work effectively in this changing environment. Working with learning providers we will make certain that training courses accurately reflect the skills needs and meet the requirements of all employers.

"Skills for Justice is uniquely placed to bring together the diverse parts of the justice sector. Our work will be informed by the needs of employers and should result in a workforce giving the highest levels of performance, to build a safer society and justice for all."

Skills for Justice was licensed as the sector skills council for the justice sector in April 2004. This followed a merger of three national training organisations: Community Justice National Training Organisation, Custodial Care National Training Organisation and Police Skills and Standards Organisation.

Skills for Justice also covers court services (including magistracy and the judiciary), the law enforcement branch of customs and excise and prosecution services.

Skills for Justice’s core work programme for 2004/2005 includes:

  • a comprehensive Skills Foresight programme
  • working in partnership with employers, learning providers and funders to meet the sector’s skills needs
  • developing the suite of national occupational standards and competency frameworks
  • developing assessment tools such as performance and development review systems
  • working with learning providers on qualifications and frameworks
  • providing general HR management consultation and advice

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