The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils

Sector Skills Agreement

The SummitSkills Sector Skills Agreement (SSA) set out to understand the skills issues facing employers and work with them to develop solutions that will lead to significant skills improvement and longer term productivity benefits for the sector.

It is a deal between employers, training providers and government.  Employers lay out what their workforce and skills requirements are now and in the future.  In return, the government and providers agree to fund and deliver training tailored to this need, within government policy, providing employers are also willing to make a commitment.

The SSA for building services engineering is based around five skills priorities that were developed following detailed consultation around the UK:

 Image and competence: promoting a positive image of the sector
 Communication and Information: creating a knowledge centre for all sector skills development needs
• Training Provision: ensuring pro-active, highly quality and relevant training
• Funding: flexibility in funding to meet fast-changing needs
• Management & Leadership: supporting the sector to plan and develop profitable and competitive businesses

You can find out more about the Sector Skills Agreement, its action plans, and how you can get involved by visiting our dedicated project website at

 or download the SSA review 2008-2009.

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