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Public communications around relicensing

30 Jul 2009


Throughout the relicensing process, the UK Commission has made a conscious effort to ensure its communications are tailored to employer, partner and stakeholder needs. Here is a look back at what we've done and a look forward as to what you can expect.


In the beginning – consultation and development of relicensing framework

In consultation with stakeholders, the UK Commission produced two relicensing documents for two different audiences. The Employer Prospectus outlines why employers should get involved with the process and how. The Relicensing Framework for SSCs sets out a full assessment against which each SSC is asked to submit evidence in support of its relicensing as well as explaining the process.

The overall message in both, however, was the same, i.e. the relicensing process will result in a network of credible, employer-led SSCs through a robust, effective and focussed process.

Through the process

The UK Commission has developed the Relicensing Newsletter to keep you up-to-date and informed. This now has over 450 subscribers including SSCs, employer bodies, awarding bodies, FE institutions and representatives from the four nations and government.

To obtain your feedback on SSC performance we have worked with employer body organisations, the Alliance of Sector Skills Councils and national organisations. Many of them have put information on their websites and in mailings to their members.

The conclusion of the process – Ministerial decision

After the Ministerial decision has been made for each tranche, the Minister will write to the five SSCs, confirming their decision to award (or withhold) a licence.

  • The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIIUS) will, on behalf of all sponsor departments and the devolved administrations, issue a press notice. The press notice will briefly outline the ministerial decisions for all SSCs within the tranche and will provide links to the full NAO report.
  • The NAO will upload the report on their website
  • The Commission will upload the NAO report on their website and provide an update through the Relicensing Newsletter and e-alert service.
  • In partnership with the Alliance of Sector Skills Councils; SSCs will make a decision as to how they communicate the decision to their key stakeholders. The UKCES can provide advice and support, but has no desire to interfere with the plans made by individual SSCs