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Mark Foster Taking Skills Strategy Into The Future

The Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA), which supports the new network of employer ““ led Sector Skills Councils (SSCs), has appointed a new Chief Executive.

Mark Foster, who is currently the Business Strategy Director for Jobcentre Plus, will succeed Christopher Duff in his role, and will have overall responsibility for the strategic direction of the SSDA as well as playing a key role in the employer-led network of SSCs. He brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously served as HR director for the Department of Social Security. He has also been a board director for Working Links (Employment)Ltd.

Minister Welcomes New Arrival in Important Role

The Minister for Skills Phil Hope welcomed both this new appointment and the vital work that his predecessor had overseen on behalf of the SSDA: “I am pleased to welcome Mark Fisher to his new role and wish him well in moving forward this exciting agenda. I would also like to thank Christopher Duff for his excellent work setting up the Skills for Business network, through which employers and government are now successfully joining forces to ensure UK plc has the skilled workers it needs to boost productivity.”

Mr. Hope spoke of the SSDA as well, citing the impact that the agency has had. “The SSDA is a key organisation in the delivery of our Skills strategy,” he said. “The UK wide network of SSCs which SSDA have put in place is at the heart of our reforms and will enable employers to get the skilled staff they need for business success. SSCs put employers at centre stage in the drive to close skills gaps in every sector.”

FE News would like to welcome Mr. Foster to his new post, and look forward to reporting on the growth of the SSDA and SSC’s impacts upon the critical skills areas.

Jethro Marsh

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