Closure of SummitSkills from March 2017

At the SummitSkills Board Meeting held on 20 October, the future strategic direction of SummitSkills was discussed in detail. All board members agreed that a huge effort had been made by all staff and stakeholders since the reorganisation of SummitSkills in 2014. Recognition was also given to the work of those involved in SummitSkills before that time.

However it has become clear that due to continued uncertainty in the sector and significant changes over recent years, the ongoing viability of SummitSkills in its current form is now in question, including its ability to trade in the future.

It was therefore agreed that SummitSkills will be wound down in an orderly manner and will cease operations from 31 March 2017. This decision was taken with much sadness and deliberation, following a lengthy discussion amongst all those present.

The current board and its constituent stakeholders will continue to monitor opportunities for skills development in the building services engineering sector across the UK and how this might best be taken forward beyond March 2017.

Dr Ian Livsey