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Mandelson commends SummitSkills as body achieves relicense

SummitSkills, the sector skills council for the building services engineering sector, has been relicensed indefinitely.

The organisation, which covers the industry groups of heating and ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, plumbing, electrotechnical and building services engineering consultancy, was previously operating under a five year license.

The new contract is open-ended but performance managed. This could involve ‘Ofsted style’ inspections.

“This is no rubber stamp,” said SummitSkills chief executive Keith Marshall OBE. “We are delighted to have received independent recognition of the work we have been doing to progress the skills base of our sector.”

Five bodies had their assessment announced today with four passing and one failure.

Lord Mandelson, Business, Innovation & Skills Secretary said: “Employers can be confident that the four sector skills councils relicensed today, after tough assessments, will continue to provide them with top-notch service.”

The NAO assessment of SummitSkills showed the organisation has been making good progress against a number of key performance tests including employer engagement, partnership working, and visible and active presence.

It reported that “the SSC is employer-led, has the confidence and support of employers in its sector, and is a strategically and operationally effective organisation.”