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Skills Council calls for industry views

The Financial Services Skills Council is urging stakeholders to participate in an online survey about the skills, needs, challenges and role of the FSSC moving forward.

Industry participants from markets including accountancy and book-keeping, credit, finance and leasing, financial advice, investment and fund management, retail banking, retail insurance, third party provision, wholesale insurance and wholesale banking are being asked to take part.

The FSSC was denied a new licence by the Government in May, with Skills Secretary John Denham saying the body “did not meet the standard required”.

Simon Ellis was appointed to lead an independent review of its future strategy.

Opening Doors, which is currently managing the consultation process, will receive the survey responses. The online survey is one component of the FSSC’s review.

They have already completed face-to-face and telephone interviews, which has obtained feedback from over 160 stakeholders across the UK.

The final conclusions from the review will form the basis for the FSSC’s official submission to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills for re-licensing.

FSSC managing director Simon Ellis says: “We’re keen to receive and consider views from all interested parties and would encourage anyone who hasn’t already shared their perspective with the independent review team to do so via our online survey.

“The feedback we receive will shape our proposals for how a sector skills council can work in effective partnership with its stakeholder groups, with the shared aim of ensuring the UK financial services and accountancy sector is equipped with the skills to remain a world leader in the years and decades to come.”

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