HR body Socpo criticises Sector Skills Development Agency snub

first_imgLocalgovernment HR body Socpo has criticised the decision not to award the sectorSector Skills Council (SSC) status.Socpopresident Francesca Okosi predicted, in an exclusive interview, that it wouldprove detrimental to skills development in local government and add to itschronic staff shortages.”Thereis an agenda being followed by the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) butit does not fit in with anyone’s particular needs,” she said.Itseems local authority staff will be split between six or more different SSCsafter the SSDA, which grants council status on behalf of the Department forEducation and Skills, told council representatives it is viewed as a series ofprofessions and not just one.”Wecannot be put in to lots of different SSCs. It does not make much sense to uswhen there is this huge agenda for change and capacity-building,” saidOkosi.”Withoutone SSC it will be difficult to manage and co-ordinate.”UKlocal government, one of the biggest employers in Europe with over a millionstaff, is suffering from service-crippling recruitment and retention problemsand chronic skills shortages that Socpo feels would get worse if it fails tosecure its own SSC. Comments are closed. HR body Socpo criticises Sector Skills Development Agency snubOn 10 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img