UKCES announces nine new providers to deliver apprenticeship frameworks

The UK Commission has chosen nine new providers to deliver apprenticeship frameworks in Universal Services.

The successful collaborations, formed by more than 25 different companies, will provide the National Occupational Standards, Apprenticeships and Modern Apprenticeship frameworks, as well as qualification related products for a number of different sectors.

The new providers, listed below, will deliver apprenticeship frameworks for the next three years, starting from April 01, 2012.

* Creative and Cultural Skills and Skillset: Creative and cultural, creative media and digital.
* Energy & Utility Skills, Cogent, Improve, Proskills and SEMTA: Electricity, gas, waste, water, bioscience, nuclear and similar industries,  food and drink, process manufacturing, science and engineering.
* e-skills UK: IT and tele-comms.
* Lantra, SkillsActive, HABIA, People 1st, Improve and GoSkills: Land based, sport & leisure, transport, travel & tourism, food & drink, hairdressing and health & beauty.
* Skills for Care and Development: Care.
* Skillsmart Retail, Skills for Logistics and IMI: Retail, logistics and motor.
* CITB/ConstructionSkills and Proskills: Construction, process manufacturing and building services.
* Asset Skills, SummitSkills and Skills for Security: Property & facilities management, security and building services.
* Skills for Justice, Skills for Health, Financial Skills Partnership and Skills Third Sector: Justice, health and finance and the Third Sector.

The announcement follows a contestable commissioning process which was open to Sector Skills Councils, and held between September and December 2011.

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) say they will be working with the Council for Administration on the pan sector products, ECITB for engineering and construction services, and LSIS for the lifelong learning sector.