Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) has taken the lead in plugging the skills gap in Wales.
LLUK, the new Sector Skills Council (SSC) responsible for learning provision, has appointed a new Performance Manager. Michelle Sayers, a learning and development specialist, will work with employers in the lifelong learning sector to ensure staff have the necessary skills to deliver learning effectively in other sectors.
LLUK is one of 25 SSCs that have been set up in the UK. It represents employers in further and higher education, as well as libraries, archives and information services, and providers of work-based and community learning. As the SSC responsible for learning provision, LLUK plays a key role in combating the skills shortage in all areas of the UK.
Michelle is aware of the big responsibilities that come with her new role, and is fully committed to the task ahead. “I am excited by the challenge of working within a new sector and am looking forward to driving forward LLUK’s agenda within Wales,” she says.
Jane Davidson, Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning in Wales, welcomed the new appointment. “It is vital that sector skills councils establish themselves as the voice of employers and ensure that we have the industry-focussed qualifications to prepare us for the future by working with the key stakeholders across Wales”, she said.
Michelle will also chair the Skills for Business (SfB) Network in Wales, a collection of new employer-led bodies responsible for workforce planning and setting standards for qualifications in different parts of the economy. She says the SfB Network’s immediate priority is to generate a business plan that will allow SSCs to communicate together more effectively.
“Many of the skills challenges facing individual sectors are mirrored elsewhere in the Welsh economy,” she says. “A strong and effective network will enable us to use our resources to maximum effect for Wales.”
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