Partnership to address UK skills challenges
The Financial Skills Partnership and Skills for Justice have joined forces to tackle the current skills challenges in the UK.
The development will provide a stronger, more cohesive offer to employers and individuals which will help employers shape and develop a skilled workforce to meet current and future challenges. The public, as the end user of all financial and legal services, will benefit from the enhanced undertaking. It is here that the merger will add real value.
Alan Woods continues as CEO of Skills for Justice and group CEO of JSSC within which FSP will operate. Liz Field will remain as CEO of FSP and also become executive lead for legal services. The group of companies will retain bases in Sheffield and London along with its existing operations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Woods said: "We are very happy indeed to be announcing this merger. For both the financial and legal sectors, it is a win-win situation, with the potential for all employers to become more competitive through visionary, progressive skills strategies.
"There is no doubt in my mind that, by tapping into these obvious synergies, the newly merged organisation will be far greater than the sum of its parts. It will be able to pool its know-how, have greater resources and be more effective in raising investment. The merger will enable it to develop even better products and services which will benefit small, medium and large employers across both sectors."
The merger will build on work already underway such as the introduction of Apprenticeships which will provide a new vocational pathway into professional services. It will also expand the FSP online careers portal to encompass careers in legal services, which has seen the emergence of higher apprenticeship development in recent months.
Trevor Matthews, chairman of FSP, said: "We are keen to simplify the skills system and to encourage employers to take greater ownership of the skills agenda. This merger will allow both sectors to forge ahead with a joint vision for employer-driven vocation-based training which will help both sectors develop the skills they need to rise to the challenges of an increasingly competitive future."