Proskills was launched as a Sector Skills Council in 2005 to serve to skills needs of the Process and Manufacturing sector. By 2008, it worked with nine different industries, managing large-scale, grant-funded activities, smaller projects and commercial service provision. Our UK business now operates on a charitable basis enabling access to careers and training, and our international business is growing rapidly year-on-year. The depth and breadth of Proskills’ experience gives it a uniquely specialist approach to work-based education systems and our experienced, highly-credible staff provide a comprehensive understanding of the of different approaches to industry engagement
Sector Skills Councils – A History
The UK first formalised a sectoral approach to vocational skill development in the 1960s, with the foundation of the Industrial Training Boards and associated levies for training. Several different approaches have been tried to create better links between industry and education in the 50 years that have followed, the latest of which saw the foundation of 26 Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) in the years between 2002 – 2012.
The Sector Skills Councils were funded by the UK government until 2012. A review of the vocational education system following the global financial crisis and a change in government saw a greater focus on dealing directly with employers which led to an expectation of increased commercial activity and full self-sustainability from the network.
The Proskills UK Group operates as three separate businesses:
All of our businesses operate in the UK and in countries around the world
Proskills UK is the overarching charity, providing schools programmes, careers materials and development of occupational skills standards and apprenticeships.
The National Skills Academy for Materials, Production & Supply is the charities’ commercial arm, providing business and development services for our training partnership network.
Our new Awarding Organisation, Occupational Awards Ltd, offers regulated national qualifications development, delivery and certification as well as a range of other quality assurance services.
Board of Trustees
Chairman of the Board
Managing Director at the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM)
Editorial Director and Publisher at Earth Island Publishing
Director of Lathams Ltd.
The Proskills Team
Chief Executive Officer
David MarettFinance Director
Operations and Customer Service Manager
Operations and Customer Service Supervisor
Marketing and Communications Assistant
Apprenticeship and Qualifications Development Manager