Skills Funding Agency
The Skills Funding Agency's mission is to ensure that people and businesses can access the skills training they need to succeed in playing their part in society and in growing England’s economy. We do this in the context of policy set by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and informed by the needs of businesses, communities and sector and industry bodies. We invest £4 billion per year of public spending in colleges and training organisations, to fund training for adults in England. The skills training we fund enables people to do their jobs better, get new jobs, or progress in their careers.
National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)
The National Apprenticeship Service has end to end responsibility for Apprenticeships in England. The NAS has been designed to increase the number of Apprenticeship opportunities and provide a dedicated, responsive service for both employers and learners. We are simplifying the process of recruiting an Apprentice through Apprenticeship vacancies, an online web-based matching service.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS)
There are three goals within the Skills Development Scotland mission; enabling people to fulfil their potential, making skills work for employers and being a catalyst for positive change.
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