UK Skills Federation (UKSF)

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Core Products / Services
Policy and Strategy Development, Labour Market Intelligence, National Occupational Standards, Curriculum and Qualifications Development, Accreditation and Quality Assurance, Training Provision, Training of Trainers, Assessment and Certification, Apprenticeships


UK Skills Federation represents the international work of the UK Sector Skills Councils and National Skills Academies

Our role is to promote UK expertise in the development of programmes to support technical and vocational education and training around the world.

Sector Skills Councils and National Skills Academies are employer-led skills organisations covering approximately 90% of the UK workforce, working with over half a million employers to define skills needs and skills standards in their industries.

As industry-led organisations, our members are ideally placed to represent and to galvanise employer investment in skills, and to deliver TVET solutions in a range of areas, including:

  • Labour Market Intelligence and Workforce Planning
  • Development of National Occupational Standards and Apprenticeship Standards,
  • Curriculum Development,
  • Train the Trainer Programmes
  • Quality Assurance and Accreditation
  • Establishment and governance of Sector Skills Councils and National Skills Academies
Skills Solutions

Policy and Strategy Development
Establishing aims and priorities of skills initiatives for industry sectors; supporting development of technical and vocational skills strategies, forming part of an integrated skills plan.

Labour Market Intelligence
Delivering labour market insight used to identify skills priorities and inform the development of appropriate policies.

National Occupational Standards
Developing nation-specific occupational standards using expertise from specific industry sectors.

Curriculum and Qualifications Development
Writing and enhancing staff capability in developing world-class technical and vocational curriculum and qualifications directly linked to workplace standards.

Accreditation and Quality Assurance
Supporting the accreditation of training providers against agreed standards to build and maintain quality for employers and learners, directly and through licensing to internationally recognised bodies or national systems.

Training Provision
Establishing networks of providers to deliver quality training in line with skills strategy, enabling employers to access high quality training simply and effectively.

Training of Trainers
Offering on-site or UK-based courses masterclasses for existing and new technical and vocational trainers.

Assessment and Certification
Offering a comprehensive Awarding Organisation capability, through strategic relationships with a range of high profile and internationally recognised Awarding Organisations.

Implementing apprenticeship programmes and providing links between employers and students, tackling youth unemployment as a priority.

Case studies

Collaboration of UK and Indian Sector Skills Councils in the Development of Transnational Standards with UKIERI and NSDC


Omani Workforce Development Programme (OWDP) – Supporting TVET Capacity Building with the Oman Ministry of Manpower and OPAL

Middle East

Setting up a unique partnership and developing an academy model for skills provision

Americas, Global

Expert project study: setting up a sector skills council for the government of Pakistan

Global, Middle East

Retail and Hospitality Training for Syrian Refugees at Abdali Mall Training Centre, Jordan, with EBRD

Global, Middle East

Implementing volunteer customer service through our Volunteer Ambassador programme

Europe, Global

Developing skills for tourism and hospitality with the British Council

Asia Pacific, Global

Capacity Building for Technical Training in the Turkish Automotive Industry with EBRD

Europe, Global

Developing a Youth Inclusion Programme for the Tyre Manufacturing Industry in Turkey with EBRD

Europe, Global

Creating bespoke volunteer customer service programmes for iconic international events

Europe, Global

Delivering a Five Star Service programme British Council and the Egyptian Tourism Federation

Global, Middle East

Private Sector Youth Initiative, Croatia – Developing an Internship and Mentoring Programme with EBRD and HUP

Europe, Global

Developing an internship programme that delivers formal mentoring and coaching

Europe, Global

Transmedia Strategy Project to Train the Women of Putumayo in Post-Conflict Colombia, with the British Council

Americas, Global

Bespoke Training and Staff Development Programme for Private Retail Company in Chile

Americas, Global

Developing a responsive training and education system in partnership with AMEXCID

Americas, Global

Developing a Tourist Guide Training Programme for the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Global, Middle East

Developing a bespoke traineeship and apprenticeship programme for the hospitality industry

Asia Pacific, Global

Setting up sector skills development centres for GIZ and the government of Armenia

Asia Pacific, Global

Development of a Youth Inclusion Training Centre at Abdali Mall for EBRD

Global, Middle East

Development of a Business Plan and Road Map for Instituto Técnico Superior del Este (ITSE)

Americas, Global

Expert support for employer engagement and reform for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Europe, Global

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