Gov skills structure simplified

Posted on 29 Jul 2009 by The Manufacturer

Semta – the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies – is to merge with the National Skills Academy for Manufacturing and Metskill in order to provide a simplified skills provision landscape.

This consolidated organisation will have three teams which focus on strategy and policy; skills infrastructure; and employer services. The organisations said the move is a response to calls from employers for a simpler organisational structure which they have scope to feed in to.

Philip Whiteman, currently chief executive of Semta, will continue in his present role.

“Industry is changing,” he said. “The new order will require higher skills and a flexible workforce, supported by better collaboration and new levels of efficiency and service. We will be ready as the leading sector skills council at the centre of the new manufacturing based UK economy.

“Our unified service will incorporate the Skills Academy brand and Metskill agenda and is designed to support even more employers in every region, by strengthening their voice, integrating the development of products and training providers, and ensuring workforce development is easy to access and meets the strategic, practical and emerging needs of the science, engineering and manufacturing sectors.”