The Info List - Skills Funding Agency

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The Skills Funding Agency
Skills Funding Agency
was one of two successor organisations that emerged from the closure of the Learning and Skills Council
Learning and Skills Council
(England's largest non-departmental public body or quango). The restructuring of the English skills system was announced by Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown
shortly after he took office in 2007. The office of the Chief Executive of Skills Funding was established in law by the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009. The office was an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and employees appointed by the Chief Executive are Crown servants, collectively referred to as the Skills Funding Agency. The Chief Executive was appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. Further legislation was passed in 2012, with the Agency becoming an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The Skills Funding Agency
Skills Funding Agency
was merged with the Education Funding Agency on 1 April 2017 to form the Education and Skills Funding Agency. The agency funds skills training for further education (FE) in England. It supports over 1,000 colleges, private training organisations, and employers with more than £4 billion of funding each year. The SFA's mission is to ensure that people and businesses can access the skills training they need to succeed in playing their part in society and in growing England’s economy. This is done in the context of policy set by government and informed by the needs of businesses, communities and regions, and sector and industry bodies. The SFA employs around 925 staff at its head office in Coventry
and in offices around England. It runs the National Apprenticeship Service and the National Careers Service. In January 2012, Chief Executive Geoff Russell announced his resignation,[1] and on 30 May 2012, it was announced by Skills Minister, John Hayes that Kim Thorneywork had been appointed as interim Chief Executive.[2] In November 2014, Peter Lauener was appointed as Chief Executive. See also[edit]

Learning and Skills Council National Employer Service Higher Education Funding Council for England Lifelong learning Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Vocational education


^ Barnes, Hannah (19 January 2012). "Heads of the government's apprentice schemes resign" – via www.bbc.co.uk.  ^ "New interim Chief Executive of Skills Funding Agency
Skills Funding Agency
announced - Announcements - GOV.UK". 

External links[edit]

Skills Funding Agency


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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills


Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Minister of State for Trade and Investment

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