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Useful Links

Below you will find links to several websites which you may find useful. Below each link is a brief description of what each site is about.

Alliance of Sector Skills Councils

The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils acts as the collective voice for all of the 25 Sector Skills Councils (SSCs). Here you will also find links to each of the SSCs.


This website will tell you everything you need to know about apprenticeships.

Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency

The QCDA develop the curriculum, improve and deliver assessments, and review and reform qualifications. Their aim is to make sure that everyone can get the knowledge, skills and qualifications they need for life in the 21st century.

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

The Government has created a Department for Business, Innovation & Skills whose key role will be to build Britain’s capabilities to compete in the global economy. The Department has been created by merging BERR and DIUS.

Employers Guide to Training

The Employers Guide is part of the National Learning Directory, the UK's biggest training database. Use this site to search for courses if you’re looking to procure training. TQS Certificated providers will appear in the search listings first.

Learning and Skills Improvement Service

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service is the new sector‑owned body to develop excellent and sustainable FE provision across the sector.

Leitch Review of Skills

This report presents Leitch’s view of the UK’s optimal skills mix for 2020 to maximise economic growth, productivity and social justice, and to consider the policy implications of achieving the level of change required. This report provides the rationale for up-skilling the UK workforce.

National Skills Academy

National Skills Academies are sector-specific, employer-led centres of training excellence who work with government and training providers to shape the training and qualifications that will help the UK to compete in a global market.

Skills Funding Agency
The Skills Funding Agency is responsible for funding and regulating adult skills training in England. It currently funds the development of the Training Quality Standard.

Skills Pledge

The Skills Pledge is a voluntary, public commitment made by an organisation to invest in the skills of its workforce.


talentmap™ provides a simple framework for employers to navigate the education, employment and skills systems in the UK - and find the funding and support they need.

Train to Gain

Train to Gain is the national skills service that supports employers with fewer than 5,000 employees to improve the skills of their workforce as a route to improving business performance.

UK Skills

To raise the profile of skills in the UK, UK Skills champion skills and learning for work through the delivery of innovative, high profile competitions and awards which showcase excellence, and demonstrate how exceptional performance improves individual and organisational success.

United Kingdom Accreditation Service

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service is the sole national accreditation body recognised by government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services. UKAS accredits Certification Bodies to award TQS Certifications.