Sector Skills Council comes under fire from BII

The
new head of the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has criticised the way
the Sector Skills Council framework has been implemented.

Chief
executive John McNamara claims that the transition between the abolition of the
NTOs and the formation of the SSCs was too rushed: “The transition period has
been fragmented and many industries aren’t sure about what’s going on,” he said.

Funding
for the NTOs stopped in March and industries that weren’t represented by a
trailblazer SSC have been left without a skills body.

"There’s
a lot of doubt in the interim period and I would have liked to see the NTOs
winding down as the SSCs started in earnest," McNamara said.

However,
McNamara supports the SSCs in principle and has submitted a formal expression
of interest to the Sector Skills Development Agency in a joint bid with the
tourism sector.

“I
support the idea of the SSCs and think they will have much more muscle than the
NTOs. It should also be more of a focal point with a critical mass that will
make it successful,” he said.

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By Ross Wigham

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