UK Commission for Employment & Skills

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills is a publicly funded, industry-led organisation that offers guidance on skills and employment issues in the UK. Their responsibilities include giving businesses and people advice on the labour market so they can make informed decisions, carrying out employment and skills policies to develop a workforce that can compete internationally and helping more employers invest in their employees’ skills.


Fashion and textiles skills council Skillfast to close after failing review

15 Dec 2009

Skillfast, the sector skills council (SSC) for fashion and textiles, will close after failing a government review of its performance,...

Continue Reading

UKCES urges government to stop ‘tinkering’ with skills system to boost employer engagement

11 Dec 2009

EXCLUSIVE
The government must stop “tinkering” with the skills system post-recession if it wants employers to engage with its over-arching...

Continue Reading

New skills shake-up is needed

21 Oct 2009

Last month, my eight-year-old daughter offered me a swimming lesson: an hour’s tuition in ‘tumble turns’. Patiently, she broke down...

Continue Reading

Four sector skills councils relicensed after audit process

15 Oct 2009

Four sector skills councils (SSCs) have been relicensed following an audit process by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills...

Continue Reading

Tory skills chief David Willetts attacks ‘negative-value’ NVQs

25 Sep 2009

The Conservatives have attacked NVQs, saying they have “negative value on the labour market”, indicating that the vocational qualifications could...

Continue Reading

UK skills reform must make system fit for purpose

10 Sep 2009

As all employers know, restructuring a large organisation is a time-consuming and stressful business. It inevitably creates uncertainty, and unexpected...

Continue Reading

Fashion skills council to meet with minister to decide its fate

4 Sep 2009

The fate of fashion and textiles skills council Skillfast will be decided next week when its senior management team meets...

Continue Reading

Fashion skills council claims licence was not properly reviewed by UKCES

24 Jul 2009

A sector skills council threatened with closure is “incensed” and has accused the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)...

Continue Reading

UK skills system: UKCES is rewiring the system to help employers

24 Jul 2009

Type ‘electrician’ into the national database of qualifications and you’ll get a list of 84 accredited qualifications. These are offered by...

Continue Reading

MacLeod Review struggles to engage senior HR professionals

17 Jul 2009

The government-commissioned MacLeod Review of employee engagement has been met with a lukewarm reception from senior HR figures, who are...

Continue Reading

HR news today: UK car industry skills; autistic staff; employment and skills services too complex; Union anger at Lloyds job cuts

17 Jul 2009

This Personnel Today news round-up includes: UK car industry risks losing skills and jobs to other countries Danish firm with...

Continue Reading

Shadow skills minister reveals plan to cut skills bureaucracy

22 May 2009

The Tory skills chief has mapped out how he would slash bureaucracy in the skills system to help employers gain...

Continue Reading

Training funds wasted on irrelevant subjects to please bean-counters

12 May 2009

Employees are being enrolled in inappropriate training courses to satisfy government “bean-counters”, an independent five-year study has found. A study...

Continue Reading

Financial Services Skills Council fails first review

12 May 2009

A sector skills council for financial services has been threatened with closure after failing to reach the required standards during...

Continue Reading

HR training needs research commissioned by UKCES

11 May 2009

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has commissioned new research to investigate the skills and training needs of...

Continue Reading