The SSCs and the UK Commission are committed to working in partnership across the four nations to create the conditions for increased employer investment in skills which will drive enterprise and create jobs and sustainable economic growth. There are currently 22 SSCs covering over 90% of the economy.
SSCs create and maintain National Occupational Standards (NOS)
SSCs work in partnership with Awarding Bodies to develop and maintain qualifications
SSCs develop Sector Qualifications Strategies that identify the qualifications needs of their industry
SSCs help influence the Vocational Qualifications Reform Programme in England , Northern Ireland and Wales
SSCs develop Apprenticeship frameworks. SSCs also work with other organisations that want to develop frameworks including employers, learning providers and awarding organisations.
Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) are recognised by the Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education) under the Industry Training Act 1992. They are established by particular industries and are responsible for:
setting national skill standards for their industry
providing information and advice to trainees and their employers
arranging for the delivery of on and off-job training (including developing training packages for employers)