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Public sector SSCs announced agreement for joint working

The Public Services Skills Councils (SSCs) have announced their intention to work collaboratively for the delivery of excellence in public services.

In the public service sector Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) has formed an alliance to work with Asset Skills, Government Skills, Skills for Care and Development and Skills for Health. The intention is to share information openly, and to act collectively wherever possible in order to be more cost effective and less resource intensive.

David Hunter, Lifelong Learning UK Chief Executive stated: “In order to meet the challenge set by Lord Leitch ““ raising productivity of UK through developing workforce skills. Public service as well as business and industry has to work smarter – this is an example of this.”

There is plenty of common ground between the participating SSCs, who are all working with employers to make sure the workforce is able to gain and maintain the right skills for the right job. This supports the findings of the Leitch Review, which highlighted the need for employers to focus on developing the skills of their staff to improve the performance of organisation in the UK.

The SSCs have developed an action plan to focus on some key areas of work, including sharing the development of strategies, business planning and performance measures and developing policy responses to emerging themes. Arrangements are in place for the partnership to continue to 2009, when the progress will be reviewed and plans made for the forthcoming years.

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