Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the logistics sector, has been given a further trademark licence to operate as an SSC, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson announced recently, on behalf of the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations.

Sector Skills Councils are employer-led bodies, established to enable employers to exert influence on the UK’s education and skills systems to ensure they meet their needs.

Skills for Logistics has gone through a comprehensive assessment process led by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and been successful in its application for a further licence to operate. This was welcomed by government and employers.

Lord Mandelson said:

“Employers can be confident that Skills for Logistics has come through a rigorous assessment and will offer employers the highest quality service in meeting their skills needs.”

The relicensing process is overseen and managed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills through a panel chaired by Charlie Mayfield, who is also chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.

He said:

“Sector Skills Councils are the principal mechanism by which employers can exert influence over the UK’s education, skills and training systems. As such, it is vitally important that they operate effectively.

“The relicensing process has been designed to ensure just this, and the announcement that Skills for Logistics has reached the required standards is an endorsement of their effectiveness.

“The renewal of this licence also gives confidence to the government that this SSC is truly backed by its industry, has the support of employers and is properly equipped to identify the skills needs of its sector.”

The NAO reports and the recommendations of the Relicensing Panel are available at both and
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