Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2010
SkillsActive is pleased to announce to the playwork sector that it has successfully been re-licensed as part of the government’s rigorous review process of Sector Skills Councils. In addition, SkillsActive was judged as a good SSC gaining an outstanding rating in it’s work to identify innovative solutions for employers to meet their skills and qualifications needs.
Working with and for employers across the play sector, SkillsActive ensures their training and qualifications needs are met in order to provide a more professional and better qualified workforce. SkillsActive’s main focus is on increasing the demand for skills, along with raising the quality of training and qualifications provision, to create a fit for purpose system of training, and to lobby funding agencies and policy makers to invest in this employer-led framework. Since it came into being in October 2003, SkillsActive’s significant achievements for the play sector have included:
- Developing national occupational standards and a framework for playwork sector endorsed foundation degrees
- Publishing the first UK-wide Playwork Education, Training and Qualifications Strategy;
- Working towards fulfilling the government’s commitment to the play sector with sector partners through the level 3 initiative, leadership and management course and Play Shaper programme;
- Lobbying government on qualifications for staff in holiday playschemes;
- Developing strategic relationships with Home Country partners. Research on workforce development issues carried out on playworkers and their training and registration needs. Supporting the development of the SCQF level 9 qualifications for playwork and other childcare sector lead practitioners.
Stephen Studd, Chief Executive of SkillsActive says: “We are delighted the government has elected SkillsActive as one of the sector skills councils to be relicensed; it was a comprehensive assessment process and we were judged across all aspects of the organisation. Active leisure and learning is currently a growth sector but to continue this expansion we must ensure the industry is supported by a qualified, high calibre workforce. Now, more than ever, we must support employers to invest in their workforce, and its vital that we continue to identify and tackle the strategic skills needs of the sector.
Jacqueline O’Loughlin, chief executive of Playboard Northern Ireland said: “We would like to congratulate SkillsActive on its relicensing, and we
look forward to our continued partnership in working together to support employers to invest in their workforce thus creating better opportunities for young people’s play”
Mike Greenaway Director of Play Wales said: “This is excellent news; with the developments that are taking place in Wales and throughout the UK, workforce development is becoming evermore critical. We look forward to continuing what has already become a very productive working relationship with SkillsActive.”
Marguerite Hunter Blair, Chief Executive, Play Scotland continued: “Play Scotland is delighted that SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for Playwork, has been recognised for its excellence and best practice as a Sector Skills Council. We have confidence that the workforce development of the Playwork Sector will have a vibrant future supported by SkillsActive.”