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Asset Skills

Asset Skills is the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the facilities management (FM), housing, property, cleaning and parking sectors.

Asset Skills works to improve productivity, efficiency and effectiveness in the facilities management, housing, property, planning, cleaning and parking sectors, by ensuring that sector staff have the skills that they need to do their work well.

They are engaged in three key activities:

  • Qualifications - Asset make sure all careers across the footprint are backed by sound occupational standards. These are descriptions of what you need to know and do in a particular job. They form the basis of qualifications such as National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) (SVQs in Scotland) or those run by professional bodies.
  • Employer engagement - Although licensed by Government, Asset are employer led with no civil servants on their boards. Their teams work with employers to identify skills gaps and try and find solutions.
  • Labour Market Information - Practical research is undertaken in order to better understand what is happening in terms of markets, working practices and technological change. This allows them to ensure they have a strategy designed to be of practical help as well as a source of information for employers.

They are a UK wide organisation with representation and employer boards in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Additionally, Asset also leads the alliance of Sector Skills Councils on promoting general workplace (or, "employability") training in all industries.

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