The development by Lantra, the Sector Skills Council (SSC), of a Skills Competence Framework (SCF) for the environmental and land-based sectors began in 2004 as a three year programme to develop a mechanism to record employee’s formal and informal training, skills, achievements and competencies.
The business competence framework is intended to provide:
· Clear, industry agreed descriptions of job roles in the sectors and the skills that are required.
· Career development paths.
· A method for accrediting new skills that are not necessarily covered by formal qualifications.
· A method for accrediting previously gained skills in accredited prior learning (APL).
· A method for accrediting skills without the need to undertake formal qualifications.
· A framework for Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
· A better indication of how skills can be transferred in different industries for those seeking to move out of their current area of work.
· Targeted training opportunities through training brokerage.
· A driver for workers to engage in developing their skills.
This study will therefore examine, by means of a survey of stakeholders and businesses, the likely effectiveness (in achieving skills recognition, training uptake and retention and industry attractiveness to newcomers) of the SCF in practice, its potential for use at the business-level, and its value to those sectors to which migrant workers are, or are predicted to be, important; the potential for use of the SCF for wider purposes and its potential to be financially self-sustaining.