This page has information on key government departments and agencies related to skills and recent national reports and strategy documents of interest.
Government Departments and Agencies
Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)
BIS brings all of the levers of the economy together in one place. Its policy areas - from skills and higher education to innovation and science to business and trade - can all help to drive growth. The
Skills Funding Agency (SFA) is the partner organisation of BIS their job is to fund and regulate adult further education and skills training in England.
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for welfare and pension policy and is a key player in tackling child poverty. It is the biggest public service delivery department in the UK and serves over 20 million customers. Jobcentre Plus (JCP) is part of the DWP, providing services to support people of working age from welfare into work and assisting employers to fill vacancies. DWP launched the Youth Contract in April 2012 to encourage businesses to take on more young people through apprenticeships and work experience.
Department For Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
The Department sets policy on supporting local government; communities and neighbourhoods; regeneration; housing; planning, building and the environment; and fire. The Department is ending the era of top-down government by giving new powers to councils, communities, neighbours and individuals.
Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
DECC's priorities are to deliver secure energy on the way to a low-carbon future, drive action on climate change, manage energy responsibly and support vulnerable consumers. One of DECC's major policy themes is the Green Deal. This will enable homes and businesses to access energy efficiency work paid for through subsequent energy bill savings. Government expects this will create 100,000 new jobs by 2015 and more details are available here.
Directgov is the UK government's digital service for people in England and Wales. It delivers information and practical advice about public services, bringing them all together in one place.
The UK Commission for Employment & Skills (UKCES)
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills is a Non-Departmental Public Body providing strategic leadership on skills and employment issues in the four nations of the UK. Their Commissioners comprise a social partnership that includes CEOs of large and small employers across a wide range of sectors; trade unions and representatives from the Devolved Administrations.
National Strategy and Reports
BIS: New Challenges, New Chances, 2011
Governent skills investment statement for 2011 to 2014 with the aim of creating a world-class skills system.
The Role of Local Enterprise Partnerships in Tackling Skills Needs, 2011
Presents the findings arising from a project implemented jointly by the Local Government Association (LGA), British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the 157 Group. The work forms part of a larger project led by the 157 Group, supported by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) through its Flexibility and Innovation Fund. It is intended to assist all partners in supporting the developing role of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in addressing skills needs.
BIS: Investing in Skills for Sustainable Growth, 2010
Government strategy for Further Education between 2011 and 2015.
Skills for Jobs Today and Tomorrow, 2010
Skills for Jobs: Today and Tomorrow is the first National Strategic Skills Audit for England produced by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. The Audit provides key intelligence on England's existing and future skills needs in both current and emerging industries. The information contained in this and future versions of the Audit (which will be produced on an annual basis) will help the UK Commission to supply the analysis required to develop the nation's skills base so that it meets the immediate and longer-term needs of a fast changing economy.