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Key Organisations


Proskills UK is an employer-led organisation that represents the interests of the industries that make up the process and manufacturing sector to government.

Proskills work in collaboration with employers in order to ensure the sustainability of the industries that make up the process and manufacturing sectors. These are:

  • Building Products
  • Coatings
  • Ceramics
  • Extractives
  • Glass
  • Furniture
  • Paper
  • Print
  • Wood

Their primary focus is on developing standards and qualifications, researching industry needs and trends and engaging with employers through the Industry Boards, with the Government and their agencies, as well as with other partner organisations.

They aim to coordinate the development and delivery of a sustainable, employer-driven education and skills programme to the process and manufacturing sector through an accredited training provider network. They will also be responsible for the development of a wide range of employer-endorsed products and services.

Additionally, Proskills is the lead for generic Health and Safety and are now custodians of the original ENTO national occupational standards for generic H&S.

As lead in this key area Proskills have the responsibility for:

  • Managing H&S cross sector projects
  • Reviewing the National Occupational Standards for generic H&S
  • Development of a Sector Qualifications Strategy(SQS)
  • Providing early dialogue for development and approval of vocational H&S qualifications
  • Developing and managing a Modern Apprenticeship framework for H&S

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

HSE is the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness.

As an independent regulator they act in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces.

The Executive's duties are to:

  • Assist and encourage persons concerned with matters relevant to the operation of the objectives of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
  • Make arrangements for and encourage research and publication, training and information in connection with its work.
  • Make arrangements for securing government departments, employers, employees, their respective representative organisations, and other persons are provided with an information and advisory service and are kept informed of, and adequately advised on such matters.
  • Propose regulations.