Sector Skills Councils

Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are independent, employer-led, UK–wide organisations. The network of licensed Sector Skills Councils aim to address skills needs within and across sectors. There are 20 Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) in the UK. The SSCs have a place for a union representative on their boards. Union representation on the boards ensures that workers have a voice on SSCs.

Directory of all the SSCs.

Within each SSC structure, there are subgroups which focus on specific industries and groups of workers within each sector. In the majority of SSCs, there is union representation throughout these sub groups.

One of unionlearn’s priorities is to support union involvement in the work of Sector Skills Councils (SSCs). SSCs play an important role, shaping learning opportunities for many of our members. When vacancies arise, we work with affiliates to identify suitable candidates to sit on the SSC board, ensuring that workers have their voices heard throughout the SSC structures.

The funding process for SSCs changed in April 2012 meaning all government funding available to SSCs became contestable. This basically means that SSCs now have to bid into various funds, with developed proposals (similar to ULF and union bids in a way). There are various funds, EIF (Employer Investment Fund), GIF (Growth Investment Fund). Both the EIF and GIF are funded by the Government. In some situations, SSCs will put in a bid where funding is matched from an employer.

For further information please contact Matthew Creagh – mcreagh@tuc.org.uk.