Skillset awarded first SSC licence

The first official licence for a Sector Skills Council has been formally
awarded to Skillset, the body that will represent the audio-visual industries.

John Healey, the minister for adult skills, presented the licence to
Skillset and pledged £1m a year to help raise skills in the sector.

The SSCs, which cover the retail, audio-visual broadcasting, land-based
industries, clothing and textiles and the petrochemical sectors, have replaced
the National Training Organisations.

Healey said: "In its new enhanced role, Skillset can now officially
start leading the drive to boost skills and workforce development in the
audio-visual industries. I know it will set an example to other employment
sectors in providing tangible benefits to the industry it serves.

The organisation’s first two major initiatives will be the launch of a
dedicated career advice helpline and a skills investment fund for film

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