The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils

Higher Level Skills

Universities, colleges and private training providers

Labour market information (LMI) and other research

SummitSkills conducts research to confirm employers’ skills and training needs.  Outputs of this research may be useful to help inform your course planning.

Environmental Technologies

The building services engineering (BSE) sector has a key role to play in reducing carbon emissions, lower energy consumption and conserving water.  The sector need the skills to design, install and maintain environmental technologies. 

The BSE qualifications need to provide learners with a grounding in all current and emerging technologies.  There is an opportunity for Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) to serve the market for training to up-skill the existing workforce on environmental technologies. Some institutions may want to do this as partners in the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies, a network of accredited training providers.

Foundation degree Framework specification, and Fd endorsement

A BSE Foundation degree Framework specification has been developed to help HEIs to develop and shape Fds to meet the needs of BSE employers.  Endorsement against the Framework specification enables use of a quality mark, confirming that the course matches the skills that employers working in their sector. Foundation degrees should offer the consistency of approach, address the needs of a mobile workforce and support an employee's progression.  

Community of Practice

SummitSkills has set up a Community of Practice for universities and colleges that award, deliver or are developing BSE Foundation degrees.  The Community of Practice will seek to utilise and share expertise for the benefit of its members and the wider higher education and BSE communities through:

  • developing strategies for incorporating work-based learning and employer engagement
  • working together to tackle common issues and potential barriers to successfully deliver Fds
  • identifying and promoting Fds that meet employers’ needs
  • developing and sharing of learning and assessment materials
  • contributing to future reviews of the BSE Fdion degree framework specification
  • exploring ways of maximising opportunities for progression into and beyond Fds

Anyone interested in joining the Community of Practice, please email

Built Environment Higher Education Strategy

A number of sector skills councils, universities, professional institutions, employers and other interested parties are working together to help higher education better serve the needs of everyone in the built environment.

The Built Environment Skills Alliance (BESA) Higher Education Strategy Delivery Group invites employers, and others with an interest in higher level skills within the built environment to influence its priorities and activities by contributing to to an online Virtual Sounding Board. If you would like to sign up or have any questions about the Virtual Sounding Board please email:

Higher Level Apprenticeships

SummitSkills is developing a framework for Higher Level (Level 4) Apprenticeships. ifications.  For further information about this activity, or to register an interest in taking part in future consultation, please contact


For further information about any of SummitSkills work related to higher level skills and qualifications please contact