The Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) underpins the network of influential employer-led Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) and promotes effective working between sectors across the UK. It funds, supports and champions the Sector Skills Councils as well as a series of four cross sector boards. It also leads essential development work for those professions not covered by a Sector Skills Council.
Sector Skills Councils lead the skills and productivity drive in industry and business sectors recognised by employers. They bring together employers, trade unions and professional bodies in key employment sectors working with government to develop the skills that UK business needs.
The cross sector boards, made up of representatives from each Sector Skills Council, have been established to deal with the four priority areas of IT User skills, employability skills, management and leadership, and sustainable skills.