Sector Skills Assessment
A Sector Skills Assessment examines the skills needs of a sector's workforce, looking at current needs and the implication of developments in the sector for skills needs in the future.
Sector Skills Councils are required to produce Sector Skills Assessments annually. The Sector Skills Council for social services is Skills for Care and Development, represented in Scotland by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).
Skills for Care and Development's Scottish Sector Skills Assessment for 2010 is now available.
Visit the SSSC website for more information on Sector Skills Assessments.
Sector Skills Agreement
Sector Skills Assessments began in 2010. Prior to this, the Sector Skills Councils developed Sector Skills Agreements (SSAs) in partnership with employers, training providers and funders of training. The SSA process had five stages:
- Looking at drivers of skills demand, current skills needs and future trends and skills needs.
- Examining relevant training provision and uptake.
- Gap analysis based on the findings of Stages 1 and 2.
- Review of scope for collaboration.
- Agreement of how the Skills for Care and Development (including SSSC) and employers will work with key funding partners to secure the necessary supply of training.
Skills for Care and Development published its final report on the SSA in 2008, and during the following year SSSC implemented solutions for many of the actions in the SSA.
Visit the SSSC website for more information on the SSA process and reports on its outcomes in SSSC's Get Skilled newsletter.
The Learning Networks work with the SSSC, employers and training providers to support the Sector Skills Assessment. Refer to the Resources / Workforce Planning section for useful links, e-bulletins and reports relating to the Sector Skills Assessment and workforce planning.