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Asset Skills publishes skills needs analysis

Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the cleaning, property, housing and facilities management industries, has published a skills needs analysis for the sector.

According to Asset Skills, the skills needs analysis provides individual employers and stakeholders with information on the size of Asset Skills' industries, qualification levels, skills needs and projected growth up to 2014.

Asset Skills says key findings in the report include:

  • Asset Skills covers approximately 628,000 workers in the UK of which 56% are in property and housing industries, 38% in industrial cleaning and 7% in facilities management.
  • 93% of all Asset Skills workplaces are small, employing between 1-10 people. This is about 10% higher than the average across all sectors within the British economy.
  • Improvements in skills levels have direct links to improvements in productivity. Successful companies highlight a clear link between staff development and successful business performance.
  • Approximately 20% of the workforce across the four sectors has no qualification, with almost a third achieving NVQ level 1 or 2.
  • Within the Asset Skills sector in England 11% of employers report skills gaps, 6% in Scotland and 14% in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Asset Skills reports a number of key skill priorities coming out of the study. These include:

  • Customer service training for the sector as a whole
  • Qualification frameworks that reflect the workplace
  • Delivering functional ICT skills to the sector as a whole
  • The delivery of management upskilling throughout the sector
  • Delivering Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy in the workplace
  • Delivering pathways to learning for those most disadvantaged in the workforce

The skills needs analysis represents the first stage in the development of a Sector Skills Agreement (SSA) for Asset Skills.

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